Toronto Labour & Employment Lawyers Advising Employers & Employees on Human Rights Matters
In Ontario, every person has the right to equal treatment in employment without discrimination based on grounds that are specifically outlined in the Human Rights Code. In other words, it is against the law for an employer to discriminate against a prospective or current employee based on that person’s gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, or similar characteristic.
Employers and unions have a joint obligation to ensure that workplaces are free of discrimination and harassment, and that employees or job candidates who require accommodation due to an illness, disability or other medical condition receive that accommodation. If employees or prospective employment candidates feel as though they have been mistreated or subject to discrimination, they can file a human rights complaint.
At Mallins Law, our knowledgeable human rights lawyers regularly assist employers who are responding to a complaint filed against them.
Grounds for Discrimination
The Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of a person’s:
- Ethnic origin;
- Family status;
- Gender expression;
- Gender identity;
- Marital status;
- Place of origin;
- Record of offences;
- Sex/pregnancy; or
- Sexual orientation.
The right to equal treatment in the workplace includes equal treatment during the job application process, recruitment, hiring, training, transfers, actual time of employment, promotions, and termination.
How We Help Employers
At Mallins Law, our knowledgeable team of human rights lawyers provide our employer clients with the tools and information they need to comply with their human rights obligations. We ensure that our clients are armed with the resources necessary to manage their risk and create a safe and respectful workplace for employees.
Elyse Mallins was in-house counsel for one of Canada’s largest employers for many years, actively helping them address issues, plan for contingencies, and ensure their responsibilities were being carried out. We rely on this in-depth experience to advise both unionized and non-unionized employers of all sizes and across all sectors.
- Draft, review, and update policies and handbooks, including sexual harassment policies and similar;
- Provide training to employees, supervisors, and others;
- Conduct or assist with investigations into allegations of discrimination and harassment;
We also regularly audit our clients for their compliance with various applicable pieces of legislation and ensure that their obligations are being met.
If you are an employer and a human rights claim has been made against you, we will draft a response and will represent you at any related litigation at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. We have represented hundreds of employers, business owners, supervisors, managers, and others in human rights disputes, including some of the largest employers in Canada.
Elyse Mallin’s career trajectory has given her the opportunity to sit on both sides of the table in a workplace dispute, allowing her to gain valuable insights from both perspectives. Elyse and her team draw on this multi-faced experience to provide employees with skillful legal guidance.
Contact Mallins Law in Toronto for Proactive Guidance and Skillful Representation in Human Rights Matters
The experienced Toronto human rights lawyers at Mallins Law advise employers and employees about human rights issues in the workplace. We provide our clients with the tools they need to anticipate and respond to problems before they even arise, or if they do, before they escalate to the point where further intervention is required. If an issue gets to the point where mediation or litigation is required, we will skillfully represent you. Reach out to us online or at 647-792-0310 to schedule a consultation.