The Ontario Human Rights Code applies to employment, services, and rental housing, amongst other areas, and ensures, in that context, that everyone has the right to be free of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, place of origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, creed, family or marital status, among other prohibited grounds. This legislation also prohibits harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, such as racial or sexual harassment; and includes a duty to accommodate under certain circumstances.
Breaches of this code are very serious matters and can have an extremely detrimental impact on an individual’s health and well-being. Everyone is entitled to work, receive services, and live in harassment-free environments and employers, service providers and landlords have an obligation to create and offer that environment.
From an employer or service provider or landlord’s perspective, defending a human rights complaint can be difficult. We have the experience and expertise to provide clients with the strategic, practical advice they need to respond to the unique challenges of human rights complaints.
We regularly represent clients involved in formal complaint proceedings before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. We also assist in negotiating appropriate accommodations and return to work arrangements.