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Family status: Recent interpretation under the Human Rights Code

handsRequests for accommodation due to family status are becoming more common as societal norms continue to change. The leading case in Ontario that addresses the worker’s rights and the employer’s obligations on the ground of family status is arguably Devaney v. ZRV Holdings Limited, 2012 HRTO 1590. The case confirms that an employer’s failure to reasonably accommodate an employee’s family caregiving responsibilities may result in a breach of the Human Rights Code (“Code”), and that family status has now been interpreted to include elder care. (more…)

Is the appearance of “youth” a bona fide occupational qualification?

younglookingOn September 16, 2008, Kimberly Ouwroulis filed a Human Rights complaint alleging discrimination based on her age. The complaint was filed after she was terminated from a strip club, allegedly, for being too old. [1] Ms. Ouwrouls was employed as an exotic dancer and was 44 years of age at the time.The Code

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What is the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario?

HRTOsharpThe role of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) is to resolve claims of discrimination and harassment brought under the Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990,c.19.  The Human Rights Code is the statue or law which the HRTO follows.  The Human Rights Code or the Code is the law that protects all people in Ontario from discrimination and harassment in areas ranging from employment to housing.  (more…)

What is the Human Rights Tribunal Of Ontario?

hrlllOnline presentation of the Human Right Tribunal of Ontario
The HRTO is a quasi-judicial adjudicative agency whose primary role is to resolve claims of discrimination and harassment brought under the Human Right Code of Ontario. The Code is law that protects people in Ontario from discrimination and harassment in areas ranging from employment to housing.  (more…)

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