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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with workplace discrimination, payroll and safety blitzes in Ontario.

 

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Fired because of race? Consider a human rights claim

In 2018, a group of eight Caucasian employees of the Spruce Hill Resort and Spa Ltd. (“the Resort”) in British Columbia made a complaint to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”), in which they alleged that they had been terminated from their employment because they were not Chinese. The Tribunal found that seven of the employees had been discriminated against on the basis of race and colour, and one employee had been discriminated against on the basis of sex.

 

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Is “accent” protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code?

The applicant, originally from India, initially filed an application at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleging reprisal in employment. The applicant alleged he had been offered a job and that during the training period, the trainer had made a number of remarks in regard to the applicant’s accent when speaking English.

 

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Racialized, foreign-trained lawyer discriminated against during interview

It is no surprise that racism and ageism still exist in the legal profession. An Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision released earlier this year is a perfect example and warns employers to be careful during the hiring process.

 

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“Too pretty to drive a forklift”: Employee awarded considerable damages for workplace harassment and discrimination

This article details the outcome of the case of a woman who suffered repeated workplace harassment and discrimination and her employer’s failure to accommodate her reasonable requests for accommodation of both her pregnancy and disability, as defined under the Human Rights Code.

 

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OHRT orders $70,000 in damages against employer for reprisal termination even though complaints of discrimination lacked merit

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (“OHRT”) recently examined the law of “reprisal terminations” in the decision of Morgan v. Herman Miller Canada Inc. In this case, the employee made a number of allegations of discrimination based on race and said that the employer terminated his employment rather than properly investigate his concerns. Although the OHRT dismissed most of the allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, it did find that the employer should have conducted an investigation prior to the employee’s termination.

 

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