Human Rights

The Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Canadian Human Rights Act both state that every employee has the right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination based on race, ancestry, colour, ethnic origin, religion, place of origin, citizenship, sex, marital status, age, pardoned criminal offences, family status, sexual orientation or disability.

As an employer, you need to take into account the above enumerated grounds not just when you are considering terminating an employee, but also during the hiring process and throughout the employment relationship.

Employees who think they have been discriminated against have a right to file a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal, and as the employer, you are required to respond, even if the complaint is without merit.

Although the best time to get advice about terminating an employee is before you do it, if you find yourself the subject of a Human Rights complaint, call us, and we can assist you with deciding the best course of action.

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