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Human rights tribunals an increasingly popular option for sex assault victims

Civil justice forums can provide sexual assault victims with a friendlier environment to seek redress than the criminal justice system, says Hamilton employment lawyer  ... Read more

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Hum appointed discrimination and harassment counsel to DHCP

(July 30, 2017 – Toronto) – Hum Law Firm is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Lai King Hum  as Discrimination and Harassment Counsel to the ... Read more

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Human rights: protecting the individual or the community?

The closure of a respected research and treatment program at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) raises serious questions, says Toronto human rights ... Read more

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Autism service dogs in the classroom: a human right?

A human rights case involving a child’s autism service animal in a school may hinge on whether the dog is a necessary form of accommodation to support the boy’s ... Read more

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Employers should take steps to accommodate SAD

Although winter will soon be over, some individuals may continue to suffer from the mood disorder formerly known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — and employers who ... Read more

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Age discrimination alleged in condo rental dispute

The case of a young couple who claim they were denied a condo rental because of their age highlights the importance of knowing one's rights, says Toronto employment and human ... Read more

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Racism, discrimination should not be tolerated after Trump's win

Individuals should be aware of the legal actions available if they are targeted by discrimination or racism in the community or workplace, says Toronto human rights and ... Read more

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OCA decision may spark increase in human rights court cases

The Ontario Court of Appeal has handed down one of the largest awards from a court for human rights damages after a Mississauga company was found to have ... Read more

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Difficult to prove 'undue hardship' when denying services

For those delivering services to the public in Ontario, it is very difficult to justify picking and choosing clients unless you can prove undue hardship under the ... Read more

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Students with special needs aged 18 and older falling between the cracks

School boards and parents are grappling with a gap in services for children with special needs between the ages of 18 and 21, says Windsor education law lawyer Sheila MacKinnon . ... Read more

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Canadian attitudes towards gender identity, expression changing

The federal government is catching up with its provincial counterparts in Ontario by introducing legislation to protect the human rights of transgender people, says Toronto human ... Read more

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Transgender rights to be better expressed, upheld under new bill: Simes

The introduction of a federal bill that would guarantee legal and human rights protection to transgender people is positive but overdue, says Toronto employment and human rights ... Read more

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U.S. may look to Ontario as bathroom law comes under fire

By Nicole Simes Using the bathroom. A topic not typically discussed has gained international interest, as the U.S. Justice Department  has sued  North ... Read more

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'X' on government ID reflects 'lived gender'

An individual’s application to identify as gender-neutral, or X, on government identification represents a new movement toward treating people according to their ... Read more

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Recognition of miscarriage as disability 'highly significant'

A recent Ontario Human Rights tribunal finding that miscarriages should be considered a disability reflects a long-awaited new era of sensitivity for women, says Toronto ... Read more

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Manitoba law offering leave to domestic violence victims could spur national trend

A  new Manitoba law  that allows victims of domestic violence paid and unpaid leave from work is a positive move that recognizes the need to protect workers who are ... Read more

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Racial discrimination claim over lack of 'demotion' tossed out

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has dismissed a claim that alleged racial discrimination against a company after a woman was not offered a position that her employer saw as a ... Read more

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Swearing in of Canada’s first transgender judge enriches the bench

Toronto litigator and human rights lawyer Deborah Howden says the appointment and swearing in of Canada's first self-identified transgender judge enriches the bench and ... Read more

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Simes finds satisfaction in helping wronged employees understand rights

For Toronto employment and human rights lawyer  Nicole Simes , it’s all about the moment she sees her clients understand their rights. Whether it’s an ... Read more

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