Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Ontario

By , July 22, 2014 3:55 pm

Discrimination can occur in a variety of settings including the workplace. The Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”) protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation during their in employment. Protection in employment includes freedom from harassment and discrimination. It also includes the right to be free from a poisoned work environment. Examples of harassment or Continue Reading…

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By , June 19, 2014 12:56 pm

Unfortunately, sexual harassment continues to occur in Ontario on a regular basis. I frequently meet women and men who have been sexually harassed at work. Like them, you may find certain behaviour unwelcome and offensive but may not recognize it as sexual harassment. For example, did you know that the Ontario Human Rights Commission considers the Continue Reading…

Too Young and Too Old: Age Discrimination in Ontario

By , June 18, 2014 1:56 pm

Age discrimination can occur at the beginning of the employment relationship or the end. The Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”) protects employees from discrimination in employment on the basis of age, meaning 18 years or older. This includes during the interview process and well as at the time of termination. A prospective employer should not Continue Reading…

Mental Stress Provisions of WSIA are Unconstitutional

By , May 19, 2014 9:12 am

Recently, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) issued a decision significantly expanding employees’ entitlement to workplace safety and insurance benefits for mental stress. The Act Subsections 13 (4) and (5) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the “Act”) provide, in part, that a worker is not entitled to collect benefits for Continue Reading…

ESA to Allow for New Leaves of Absence from Work

By , May 9, 2014 9:22 am

New Leaves of Absence from Work A new Bill amending the Employment Standards Act has been approved by the Ontario Legislature and is expected to become law in October 2014. The Bill creates additional leaves of absence for Ontario employees. Soon, employees will be entitled to take three new unpaid leaves of absence. These are: Continue Reading…

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