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December 14, 2021

Precedent Setting Victory for Gender Identity Rights in B.C.

In September 2021, a case decision in the province of British Columbia made a significant development with respect to the rights of trans and non-binary people at work. The judgement will have implications for the law across Canada, including here in Ontario.   The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal found a restaurant and some of […]

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January 7, 2016

Companies should not ignore their accessibility obligations

Many employers have new obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act starting this month. The Ontario government is phasing in regulations to remove barriers for people with disabilities. For many small businesses, there are new accessibility requirements which came into force on January 1, 2016 or will come into force on January 1, […]

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December 14, 2015

Can Bosses Ban “Merry Christmas”?

Guest Post by Emily Burke In recent years, during the weeks leading up to Christmas, the same great debate has resurfaced: Should we be wishing each other a merry Christmas, or in the interest of political correctness, should seasonal greetings be limited to “happy holidays”? This year the spotlight is on Starbucks’ seasonal cups, which […]

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November 24, 2015

$19 golf cart fee is not unfair to disabled member (who still golfed all season), Tribunal finds

Upset by the escalating cost of power cart rentals at Deer Ridge Golf Club, Larry Helm took the club to the Human Rights Tribunal. Mr. Helm must use a power cart when he golfs because of a disability. But there is an extra charge, on top of the membership fees, to rent a cart. He […]

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November 12, 2015

Tailor your freedom of information request, and other helpful advice

Marcus McCann has ten years of experience with freedom of information requests as a lawyer and journalist. Here is a brief conversation with Marcus about the process. How difficult is it to file a freedom of information request? On its face, it’s not difficult at all. Anyone can do it. The first thing to do […]

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November 4, 2015

Forbidding religious avatars on coupon website is not discriminatory, Tribunal finds

After a forum moderator asked a user to stop using a Jesus fish logo in his posts, the matter was put to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal — which ultimately found no violation of the Code. One of the more difficult things the Tribunal does is decide whether an activity triggers the Code’s protection from […]

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October 8, 2015

Unfriending a colleague on Facebook was part of a pattern of harassment

Yes, unfriending a co-worker can form part of a workplace harassment complaint. However, the issue is a little more complex than was first reported by various news media last month. Discussion was sparked by a ruling from Australia’s Fair Work Commission, which concluded in Roberts v View Launceston Property Ltd that a staff person at […]

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