Toronto Discrimination Lawyer

Employees in Ontario have the right to a discrimination free workplace. This includes all areas of active employment (and the hiring and termination of employment), including, wages, hours, job descriptions, the assigning of work, evaluations, discipline, promotion and everything else under the control of the employer or its employees.

Discrimination is very broadly defined. Discrimination in the workplace means unjust or prejudicial treatment by the employer or employee of the employer because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status or disability.

Examples of discrimination cases handled at Dutton Employment Law firm include:

  • Accommodation of disabilities, parental obligations or illnesses;
  • Discriminatory drug and alcohol testing or discipline;
  • Discrimination in the promotion of female minorities;
  • Lack of work assigned due to past injury at the workplace; and
  • Wrongful comments and touching of a sexual nature directed at female employees.

Individuals who have been discriminated against in the workplace are entitled to financial compensation. Primarily, employers can be ordered to compensate employees for injuries to their dignity and self worth (usually between $10,000 and $25,000, but there is no limit).

As well, employees who have been discriminated against can claim constructive dismissal, treat themselves as terminated, and be entitled to termination pay in lieu of notice (i.e. the same as a wrongful dismissal) plus employment insurance. As a corollory, employers can be ordered to compensate employees for money that has been lost because of discrimination. For example, lost income or the difference in income between a job at a discriminatory workplace and a new job.

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Dutton Employment Law is a law firm that specializes in workplace discrimination.

Individuals with questions or concerns regarding discrimination at work should speak to a qualified employment lawyer who has experience in discrimination law in the workplace. The wrong advice could cost up to $500,000.