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Genetic discrimination provisions in human rights legislation: Will Ontario be the first Canadian jurisdiction?

Canada is on its way to including provisions in human rights legislation that prevents discrimination based on a person’s genetic characteristics. The issue is that a person can experience discrimination and harassment simply because of something that may be—something that has the potential of happening. Employers must be aware that human rights legislation is in the process of evolving to include provisions to prevent this type of discrimination, and this will apply in the workplace as well.

 

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First GINA lawsuit filed

It was recently brought to my attention that last April, several US news sources reported that the first Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA) case has been filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

 

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