If you believe you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, call our workplace discrimination lawyers at (416) 323-9395 to discuss your case.
The Ontario Human Rights Code (“the Code”) sets out certain protections for employees (which can also include contractors) in the workplace. Specifically, the Code restricts employers from treating employees in a differential manner that would have an adverse effect on their employment on account of certain “prohibited grounds”. In other words, the Code protects employees from discrimination (or harassment) due to age, ancestry, colour, creed, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity or expression, marital status, place of origin, race, sex (including sexual harassment), and/or sexual orientation.
This means an employer cannot deny a job opportunity to a potential employee, nor can they terminate, discipline or otherwise punish an employee, on account of any of the above prohibited grounds. This would constitute discrimination and/or discriminatory harassment within the meaning of the Code, which could entitle you to various remedies such as: reinstatement to work, back pay and damages for injury to self-respect, dignity, and hurt feelings. These damages are distinct from those payable for Wrongful Dismissal and in some cases can be greater.
At Marvin A. Gorodensky Professional Corporation we help employees who have been subjected to discrimination or harassment in the workplace, either prior to, during, or at the time of termination. If you believe that you have been subjected to workplace discrimination the lawyers at Marvin A. Gorodensky Professional Corporation can assist in assessing and prosecuting your Claim.