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Category: Human Rights

Significant Changes Coming to the Human Rights Code

By , November 17, 2017 12:55 pm

Bill 164, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017 passed second reading by the Ontario government on October 26, 2017 and has been referred to Standing Committee. The Bill proposes to make significant changes to the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code). It proposes to add immigration status, genetic characteristics, police records, and social conditions as human Continue Reading…

#MeToo: Converting an online campaign into action

By , October 27, 2017 3:29 pm

Trigger Warning: This blog contains content about sexual harassment and abuse Following the bombshell reports of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, thousands of women have taken to social media to participate in the #MeToo campaign to share stories of harassment and abuse they have faced in their own lives. Having worked Continue Reading…

Sexual Harassment at Home: What Can You Do About an Inappropriate Landlord

By , September 26, 2017 11:00 am

Trigger Waring: this blog contains content about sexual harassment and violence Rental housing and accommodation is a protected social area under the Human Rights Code in Ontario. That means that you should not be subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination by the owner, superintendent, or landlord of your rental housing. However, in a recent decision Continue Reading…

Employees in a Union – What Can You Do if Your LTD is Cut Off?

By , September 19, 2017 10:08 am

We are often contacted by unionized employees who have questions about their rights and the obligations of their union. For general information for unionized employees see here. Recently, the Court of Appeal issued an important case that affects unionized employees who are off work because of a disability. The Case Barber v. The Manufacturers Life Continue Reading…

Can my employer ask me to attend an independent medical examination (or IME)?

By , September 8, 2017 10:23 am

We often receive calls from employees who have been asked by their employers to submit to an independent medical examination, or an “IME,” in response to the employee’s request for accommodation. The highest court in Ontario was recently asked to decide whether an employer is within its rights to ask employees to submit to such Continue Reading…

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