Canadian employers have historically taken an ignorant view of human rights tribunals and their often extraordinary decisions. But that may be quickly changing.
Sweeping changes to human rights legislation and left-leaning adjudicators directed to interpret remedial legislation — such as human rights laws — in a broad and inclusive manner, should leave employers very concerned:
Broadcasting cases.  The Human Rights Legal Support Centre, a government funded program, sends press releases publicizing OHRT decisions.
Cost awards.  There are few cost disincentives for applicants at human rights tribunals.
Assumed jurisdiction.  The tribunals assume their own jurisdiction often before a hearing on those matters.
To read the full article, published in the Metro News, link here.
– Daniel A. Lublin is an employment lawyer with the law firm Whitten & Lublin LLP, which is a team of legal experts who provide practical advice and advocacy for workplace issues.  Reach him at dan@toronto-employmentlawyer.com