Human Rights Violations

What Do Human Rights Violations Look Like?

Do you feel bullied or harassed? Within Ontario, employees, contractors, and other types of workers are protected from harassment and discrimination on the basis of enumerated grounds covered by the Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”).  A human rights lawyer can help assess the specifics of your case.

Even if the treatment is subtle or unnoticed by others, we can help protect you from further abuse and negotiate compensation for injuries to your dignity, feelings, and self-respect where applicable.

We can assist you in all matters relating to human rights violations.

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The protected rights under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act 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)

What Are General Damages In Human Rights Violations Cases?

General Damages are non-taxable funds paid to the employee, without deductions of any sort, to compensate for the injury to your dignity, feelings, and human rights violations.

On the low ranges, this could be around a few thousand dollars and go up to $30,000 or more, in certain circumstances. The amount for damages awarded 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 can mean a big difference in the amount awarded.

What Are Special Damages in Human Rights cases?

Special Damages are a category of damages that compensate you for lost wages as well as other expenses. These funds are generally taxable, but there are ways a skilled human rights violations lawyer can help you structure a settlement to minimize 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).