Toronto Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

Toronto Employment Lawyers Providing Representation in Workplace Discrimination Matters

Workplace discrimination is a human rights violation and has no place in any organization. It harms both employees and employers by inhibiting inclusion, diversity and productivity. In Ontario, employees are protected from discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA), which outline laws prohibiting discrimination in various aspects of employment, including hiring, promotion, pay, and termination.

What is Workplace Discrimination?

Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfairly or differently due to specific personal characteristics protected by law. These characteristics, often referred to as “protected grounds,” by the OHRC include:

  • Race
  • Ancestry
  • Place of Origin
  • Colour
  • Ethnic Origin
  • Citizenship
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Family Status
  • Disability

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, but it is important to understand that not all unfair treatment is considered discriminatory unless it is connected to a protected characteristic. Employees must prove this connection for a workplace discrimination claim to be legitimate.

How to Address Discrimination in the Workplace

If an employee experiences discrimination at work, it is important to take action. Steps to address discrimination include:

  • Document any incidents of discrimination, being sure to detail specific dates, times, and witnesses
  • Consider addressing your concerns directly with the individuals involved
  • Reach out to a supervisor or human resources department
  • Seek guidance from an employment lawyer

The Importance of Seeking Legal Counsel

Whether you are an employer looking to implement legally compliant policies that promote equality and foster a healthy work environment, or an employee looking to pursue legal action for discriminatory practices, engaging the help of a skilled employment lawyer is crucial. DSF’s team of experienced Toronto employment lawyers take time to understand each client’s unique situation and provide a comprehensive strategy to achieve the most favourable outcome.

We offer multiple convenient locations in TorontoWhitbyBarrie and more to better serve our clients. To begin your initial consultation and find the right employment lawyer, please contact us at (416) 449-1400.

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