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Does this CBC Ad Violate Human Rights, Labour Laws?

Does this CBC Ad Violate Human Rights, Labour Laws?

Wanted:  Male, 23-35, Any race except Caucasion, Non-union.  Send photo and audition tape to the CBC. So, employment law students, how many violations of the law do you see in…

Discriminating Employer Pays a Decade Later: Reinstated, Decade of Back Wages Ordered

Discriminating Employer Pays a Decade Later: Reinstated, Decade of Back Wages Ordered

Last winter, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued a decision finding that an employer School Board had violated the Code by failing to accommodate an employee with a disability.  The…

The Complex Relationship Between Discrimination Grievances and Human Rights Complaints

The Complex Relationship Between Discrimination Grievances and Human Rights Complaints

As we learn in Employment Law courses, work law is complicated by overlapping legal regimes.  For example, a single decision by an employer to dismiss an employee can give rise…

Terminating Employee on 3 Month Sick Leave Discriminatory

Terminating Employee on 3 Month Sick Leave Discriminatory

You are an employer and you have one employee, who cleans and maintains a local police station.  The employee has worked for you for about 3 years and has been…

Can an Employer Prohibit Tattoos and Piercings?

Can an Employer Prohibit Tattoos and Piercings?

Ages ago, I took a labour law class with Professor David Beatty at U of Toronto law school.  He told us a story about one of his first stints as an…

Employers Can’t Ask an Applicant’s Age, and Volunteer Work is ‘Employment” under Human Rights Code

Employers Can’t Ask an Applicant’s Age, and Volunteer Work is ‘Employment” under Human Rights Code

I wrote a post yesterday about a Human Rights Tribunal case finding that an employer who asks a job applicant, ‘where are you from?” violated Section 23 of the Code,…

Asking a Job Applicant “Where are you from?” is Violation of Human Rights Code

Asking a Job Applicant “Where are you from?” is Violation of Human Rights Code

Section 23 of the Ontario Human Rights Code is an interesting section.  It regulates what an employer can (and can’t ) ask job applicants.  I have had several disagreements with…

Manitoba To Repeal Two-Tier Law That Allowed Paying Disabled Workers Less

Manitoba To Repeal Two-Tier Law That Allowed Paying Disabled Workers Less

Recall the case I discussed last month involving an employer in Ontario who paid its disabled workers $1 per hour for years?  It was called Garrie v. Janus Joan.  I’ve…

Can a Bar Give Preference to Women in Server Positions?

Can a Bar Give Preference to Women in Server Positions?

Here’s a fun question that I often discuss in my employment law class.  In a lot of popular bars in Toronto you will find that the floor servers–wait staff, hosts,…

A Discussion of Discrimination in Job Ads

A Discussion of Discrimination in Job Ads

I wrote the other day that listing a requirement to speak Mandarin in a job ad for positions at a coal mine would violate Section 23 of the Ontario Human…

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