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Human Rights

Discrimination is rarely a clear-cut issue. A decision or policy that appears neutral on its face can nonetheless have a discriminatory effect.

Some common questions that we receive from our clients are:

  • My medical condition prevents me from doing my job, what can I do?
  • Am I entitled to my job when I return from an approved leave of absence?
  • What medical information can my employer ask for?

The Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”) provides that every individual is entitled to equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in the areas of: employment, contracts, housing, services and membership in unions, trade or professional associations.

The following are the protected grounds defined under the Code where discrimination is prohibited:

  • Age
  • Ancestry, colour or race
  • Citizenship, ethnic origin, or place of origin
  • Creed or religion
  • Disability
  • Family status
  • Marital status (including single status)
  • Gender identity or gender expression
  • Receipt of public assistance (in housing only)
  • Sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding)
  • Sexual orientation

At Pinto Law, we provide expert legal advice on human rights related matters. If you have any human rights related questions, please contact our law firm for a free 30 minute consultation by phone. A knowledgeable human rights expert from our firm will discuss your legal options and next steps forward.