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Summary hearings and the burden of proof at the HRTO

Gavel and book.

Gavel and book.

For an application to be fully processed at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the applicant must establish a nexus or “connection” between the protected ground they are alleging and the conduct of the respondent. This was reiterated in the recent summary hearing of Wasty v. Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies. (more…)

Does the Tribunal have the power to deal with allegations of “unfairness” at work?

employement-law-toronto-kevin-sambranoWhether or not the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has the power to deal with general allegations of unfairness in the workplace was recently revisited in Murray v. YouthLink.

The matter

On September 25, 2014 the applicant filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (more…)

To defer or not to defer a human rights application: What are the relevant questions?

Sambrano Legal Services employment law human rights cropWhere the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario finds there is a separate proceeding that may involve similar facts, the Tribunal has discretion to defer consideration of an application until the proceeding has been completed. Such was the question, whether or not to defer the application in the recent interim order in West v.Yogen Fruz Canada Inc.

Background

On March 8, 2016, the applicant filed a human rights application alleging discrimination in (more…)

Summary hearings at the HRTO: Is an alternative explanation enough?

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When a respondent is first made aware that a Human Rights application has been filed against them, often their first response is to deny any accusations and to request a summary hearing in hopes of disposing of the matter at the outset. While such hearings may be requested, it does not always work to the advantage of the respondent. Such was the case in the recent Interim Decision of Lomotey v. Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Centre.

Pursuant to Rule 19A of the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure, a summary hearing is (more…)

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