Human rights legislation imposes several duties on employers. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees on the grounds set out in the Code, which include family status, race and disability. Employers must also accommodate employees with disabilities and other needs.
Human rights complaints may now be brought in civil court or before a Human Rights Tribunal. At the Tribunals, the amounts being awarded to employees are increasing, and it is only a matter of time before the same thing happens in civil court. It is therefore critical that employers obtain strategic advice at the outset. At Rudner MacDonald, we defend employers facing Human Rights complaints before provincial and federal tribunals. We understand the issues and strategies involved, and can offer expert advice and representation.