Human Rights Defence
Human rights are a fundamental part of our modern, Canadian society. Each of us has the right to fair and equal treatment and to not be subject to discrimination or harassment. Human rights are so important that they are specifically protected in both provincial and federal legislation: the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Discrimination and harassment are prohibited based on certain characteristics. A person cannot be subject to discrimination or harassment based on characteristics such as age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, receipt of public assistance, record of offences, sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, or breastfeeding), and sexual orientation. Discrimination and harassment are also prohibited in situations which include employment, housing (accommodation), and services.
Penalties for violations are typically awards of money and not jail. We can provide advice and representation to those who have been alleged to have violated human rights law. This involves defending allegations under the Ontario Human Rights Code or Canada Human Rights Act. We appear before provincial and federal human rights tribunals and courts. If you have been named as a defendant in a human rights claim, contact us today.