We have been advising employers on human rights issues for over 20 years.
In 2008, changes were made to the Ontario Human Rights Code that have significantly changed the human rights landscape.
Now, employees who file a complaint under the Ontario Human Rights Code have the right to go to a hearing. In addition, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has the jurisdiction to award unlimited damages for a violation of the Code. Damage awards are increasing and we believe that these awards will continue to increase.
Although not required by law, we recommend that most employers implement a written human rights policy.
We advise employers on their obligations under The Human Rights Code in connection with disabled persons: Do you have questions about your organization’s duty to accommodate an employee’s disability?
We advise employers concerning their obligations The Human Rights Code in connection with pregnant employees: Do you have questions about your obligations to re-employ an employee after a pregnancy leave?
We advise employers on their obligation to provide a discrimination free work environment for women: Do you have questions about what is and what is not sexual harassment? Has a female filed a sexual harasment complaint and you are not sure what to do?
We advise employers on their obligations in connection with their older employees: An employer can no longer mandatorily retire an employee at age 65. Do you have questions about your organizations legal exposure if you terminate an older worker for performance reasons?
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The MacLeod Law Firm has been practicing labour and employment law for over 20 years. Through our offices in Toronto and Barrie we would be happy to help.