Tag Archives: Ontario Human Rights Code

Cavalier Response to Sexual Harassment Costs Hamilton $25k

The only female inspector with the City of Hamilton’s public transit service has been awarded $25,000, for the city’s “insensitive” investigation of her sexual harassment complaints. Among the employee’s complaints: her supervisor called her an “Irish skank.” She had reported incidents that included “pornographic” e-mails sent from the supervisor, and unwelcome offers of massages. For […]

Civil Remedy for Human Rights – A Legal First

A London court has awarded human rights damages in a wrongful dismissal action — the first such determination under provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code that were enacted in 2008. The decision found that temporary illnesses or injuries are considered disabilities under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Wilson v. Solis Mexican Foods Inc., 2013 ONSC […]

Labour Decision Underscores Limits on Drug, Alcohol Testing

Workplace Wire reports that, on the heels of the Supreme Court of Canada June ruling in Irving Pulp and Paper, which severely limited the circumstances when random drug and alcohol testing is permissible in the workplace, an Ontario arbitrator recently held that mandatory pre-access alcohol and drug testing is an unreasonable exercise of management rights. […]

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Religious Freedom

Recent decisions highlight the rights of Ontarians to enjoy access to public services without imposition of religion. A municipal decision, on the other hand, encourages superstition, under the banner of cultural sensitivity. In an Aug. 16 decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) ruled the practice of distributing Gideon bibles in schools discriminates against […]

Legal Word of the Day: “Discrimination”

Discrimination — The Ontario Human Rights Code does not define discrimination. A working definition, based on interpretation and decisions, is: Differential treatment based on a personal characteristic which has an adverse impact on an individual or group. Someone who brings a human rights complaint bears the onus of proving a prima facie case of discrimination. […]

Can They Do That? Human Rights Webinar

An apartment manager says he won’t rent to a gay couple. A supervisor continually asks a worker when she will retire. A library customer tells another that people of his skin colour are not allowed in. An online job posting asks for male applicants only. Which of those situations are discriminatory? And what should anyone […]

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