Human Rights Violations

In certain circumstances, employees are bullied, harassed, or discriminated against based on their religion, race, cultural background, disability, or other ground protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. Our committed and dedicated human rights lawyers are ready to assist to all matters relating to your human rights, and Ontario’s Humans Rights Code.

Our human rights and discrimination lawyers can analyze a matter from both an employer, and employee perspective, this giving us an advantage in always being prepared for any obstacle from either side.

Our Human Rights lawyers can assist both employers and employees when it comes to the protected grounds of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Protected Grounds are:

  • Age
  • Ancestry, colour, race
  • Citizenship
  • Ethnic origin
  • Place of origin
  • Creed
  • Disability
  • Family status
  • Marital status (even if you are single)
  • Gender identity, gender expression (whether you identify as Trans or even if you are cisgender)
  • Receipt of public assistance
  • Record of offences
  • Sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy or breastfeeding)
  • Sexual orientation (even if you are straight or cisgender)

General Damages

General Damages are non-taxable funds paid to the employee, without deductions of any sort, meant to compensate for the injury to dignity, feelings, and self-respect. On the low ranges, this could be around a few thousand dollars and go up to $30,000, and more in certain circumstances. The amount for damages award by an adjudicator or a vice-chair at the Tribunal will depend on the circumstances, the discriminatory events, their degree, effect, and various other factors that could mean a big difference in the amount awarded. Our human rights lawyers know how general and special damages are awarded and get the results you deserve.

 

Special Damages

Special Damages are a category of damages meant to compensate for lost wages as well as other expenses spent by the Applicant. These funds are generally taxable, but there are ways a skilled Human Rights lawyer can help you structure a settlement in a way that minimizes your tax liability when possible. Employers, if found to have discriminated against an employee, may have to pay for lost wages from the date of termination until the date of a hearing (or the date they get a comparable position).