Across Canada, there is a trend in human rights law to increase protections for transgendered individuals. Last year, Ontario and Manitoba joined the Northwest Territories in expressly including “gender identity” as a prohibited ground of discrimination under their human rights legislation. Ontario also included “gender expression” as a prohibited ground. In addition, Nova Scotia in 2012 added “gender identity” and “gender expression” to its Human Rights Act to protect transgendered persons from discrimination.
Would it be discriminatory to prohibit a pre-operative, male-to-female transsexual from entering a women’s washroom? The answer should be of interest to any employer or business offering services or accommodation to the public. (In PDF)
An employer discriminated against an employee when a manager negatively evaluated the employee without considering how the employee’s disability, type II diabetes, affected the employee’s performance. Unfortunately, this appraisal formed the basis for termination…
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal just dismissed a motion by an employer to limit the tribunal’s inquiry surrounding an employee’s human rights complaints based on the grounds of race and national/ethnic origin and retaliation.
Both Manitoba and Ontario recently added gender identity and gender expression to their human rights legislation as prohibited grounds of discrimination.