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Can your Employer Fire You For Shaving Your Hair Off?

Can your Employer Fire You For Shaving Your Hair Off?

Carrying on with my post earlier this week noting that we don’t prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of physical appearance in Canada, there’s a story in the papers…

Skinny Women Earn More, Skinny Men Earn Less. Should the Law Care?

There was story in the National Post last weekend reporting on a study by some American scholars on the relationship between body shape and earnings. The study found that Thin…

Can you tell your friends about the terms of your Human Rights complaint settlement?

You file a human rights complaint against your employer, and the complaint ends up getting settled.  Perhaps your employer gives you some money, in exchange for the complaint being dropped.…

Can Law Firms Force Partners to Retire at Age 65?

Can Law Firms Force Partners to Retire at Age 65?

Human rights legislation in Canada prohibits discrimination in employment.  In Ontario, this is found in Section 5 of the Human Rights Code. In Ontario, Section 3 of the Code also…

Canada Ranks 20th in World in Gender Wage Equality

The World Economic Forum has released its annual study on gender equality, and Canada once again is ranked 20th.    Not surprisingly, the Scandinavian countries are once again at the…

Do Canadians Hate Human Rights Laws?

I attended the fundraiser for 160 Girls last night and heard stories about how women in Kenya are being raped and killed in their fight to achieve equality rights (by…

Real Pleadings: Discrimination in Dean Search at Windsor Law?

Real Pleadings:  Discrimination in Dean Search at Windsor Law?

Things are getting ugly at Windsor Law School. One of two short-listed candidates for the Dean position has filed an explosive complaint under the Human Rights Code alleging that racial…

Can Hooters Require Servers to be “Slim and Fit”?

Can Hooters Require Servers to be “Slim and Fit”?

In my employment law class, students are always interested in sorting out how companies like Hooters can “get away” with only hiring women who, er, look a certain way.  Almost…

Can an Employer Fire an Employee for “being too sexy”?

Did you catch the story that was all over the American news this weekend about the New York banker who has sued Citibank for dismissing her for “being too sexy”?…

My Boss is a Prick. Can I File a Human Rights Complaint?

There was a story in the Star  about how a bunch of employees of the Ontario Ombudsman’ office have filed human rights complaints against their employer.  The story line is essentially that…