Human Rights Law
Canadian and Ontario law provides that all employees have the right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination. This means that employers cannot discriminate against their workers (treat them negatively) on the basis of their age, disability, gender, race, religion, or any other prohibited ground. Employees also have the right to be free from harassment on those same grounds.
Discrimination takes place in different ways, but it is usually involves some differential treatment based on a person’s characteristics, that then either has the effect of imposing burdens or disadvantages on that person that are not required of others, or which withholds or restricts access to certain opportunities, benefit and advantages that are available to other people.
If an employee proves a violation of their human rights, they may be awarded damages, including compensatory damages, back pay, re-instatement and punitive damages. Discrimination victims are also protected from retaliation for complaining about or resisting discrimination by their employer. An employee may be able to pursue a human rights (discrimination) claim either in a court or human rights tribunal.
As employment lawyers in Toronto, we focus on Ontario human rights law. We have extensive experience pursuing discrimination claims for employees at various levels of courts and tribunals. We seek justice for employees who were fired, denied a promotion, not hired, or otherwise treated unfairly due to discrimination by their employer.
How Can We Help?
We can help you assess whether you have grounds for a human rights complaint, and assist you throughout the process by providing you with strong and effective legal representation to enforce and protect your rights.
Discrimination can be open and obvious, such as when an employee is fired from their job because of their older age, pregnancy or disability. But oftentimes, discrimination is subtle, such as when an employee is assigned less desirable work tasks, excluded from meetings , or is denied mentoring of job opportunities available to others.
If your believe your human rights were violated, we can help you to obtain a fair settlement through negotiation and, if necessary, by filing a claim in court or human rights tribunal. Contact us today to schedule a confidential case evaluation with a human rights lawyer in Toronto.