The Ontario Human Rights Code does not define the term “discrimination.” As many employers have discovered the hard way, discrimination is a fluid and subjective concept, and its legal treatment is constantly evolving. Human rights legislation enjoys special status in Canadian law and is interpreted and applied in a progressive manner, with outcomes often publicized in order to promote public policy objectives. Our goal is to help management avoid complaints of harassment and discrimination, handle concerns internally if they do arise, and keep your organization out of the news headlines.
Recent changes in Ontario human rights law provide for quicker and easier access to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and give employees more options for seeking redress. The process for defending against claims has become much more legalistic, and it is now possible for claims of discrimination and harassment to be integrated into wrongful dismissal proceedings.
We can assist employers in developing non-discriminatory workplace policies and practices that will stand your organization in good stead, training your managers and supervisors to understand the vital role they play in recognizing and reacting to inappropriate conduct in your workplace, and providing immediate consultative assistance to decision-makers in order to avoid the mistakes that expose organizations to liability and unwanted publicity.
We provide authoritative advice on a full range of human rights issues, including: