Protecting and enforcing human rights is fundamental to a just society. We work with unions, individuals, and organizations in workplaces and communities to bring forward human rights concerns through collective agreement grievance procedures, administrative law hearings, human rights commissions and boards of inquiry, and in the courts. In order to advance these goals we use both legal advocacy and law reform initiatives.
Our equality rights practice addresses a wide range of issues including gender discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, sexual orientation discrimination, religious and political discrimination, discrimination on the basis of disability, drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, and the duty to accommodate.
Our services include:
- advice and representation before Human Rights Commissions and Boards of Inquiry or Tribunals under Ontario’s Human Rights Code and the federal Canadian Human Rights Act;
- advice and representation in the enforcement of the federal Employment Equity Act;
- developing innovative dispute resolution processes for human rights complaints, including those dealing with sexual and racial harassment;
- conducting audits and investigations and reporting on human rights complaints for organizations and human rights commissions.