The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 75 today. This monumental document, the drafting of which Canadian John Peters Humphrey played an instrumental part in, has had far-reaching impacts since its creation. Today, the federal government and all provincial and territorial governments have their own respective human rights commissions or tribunals to uphold human rights.
It permeate much of our lives, and the workplace is a prominent example. Everyone has the right to feel safe and to be free from discrimination at work. The Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act protect against discrimination on grounds such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, and so on.
Unfortunately, the backlog at human rights tribunal continues to be a problem. The often years-long delays can adversely impact employees trying to improve their discriminatory experiences at work.
In what ways can the claim be integrated into a wrongful dismissal action?
However, there are other ways to fight. That is where the expertise of a seasoned employment lawyer is indispensable. Often, just the proficient advocacy of a demand letter can net you a settlement without ever having to set foot in a court. If the discriminatory conduct occurred in relation to a termination, then the claim can be subsumed under the action for wrongful dismissal. The threat of a quicker trial, and the potential for mandatory mediation depending on the jurisdiction, can put the pressure on an employer to settle and pay out damages.
Even for those going through the tribunal, we can help you properly draft your application in order to maximize your chances of getting damages when your case is assessed.
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No one deserves to have their rights violated. If you are facing discrimination at work and would like more information about what Whitten & Lublin can do for you, please contact us online or by phone at (416) 640-2667 today.
Author – Sohrab Naderi