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Nov 26, 2015

That’s Just Too Much! B.C.’s Supreme Court Finds Human Rights Tribunal’s $75,000 Damage Award to be “Patently Unreasonable”

British Columbia’s Supreme Court recently overturned a damage award in one of the most noteworthy Human Rights decisions of 2014. In tha...

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Oct 29, 2015

By Mike MacLellan

Court Just Says “No”: Employer did not Discriminate when it Terminated Employee Addicted to Cocaine

Recent case law has reflected changing attitudes toward and evolving understanding of drug dependence in the workplace.  For examples, drug de...

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May 21, 2015

Employers’ Duty to Accommodate does not Include Turning Away Customers

By now we all know that an employer in Ontario has a duty to accommodate an employee with a disability, so long as the accommodation does not cause...

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May 7, 2015

Federal Court of Appeal Says Employers Can Reasonably Request Better Medical Information Where Health and Safety of Worker a Factor

In Donaldson v Western Grain By-Products Storage Ltd. 2015 FCA 62, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that it is reasonable to request a more specif...

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Apr 30, 2015

By Mike MacLellan

A Primer on Human Rights Responses: Information You Hope You’ll Never Need

A number of our Firm’s recent blogs have painted a picture of what consequences arise when an employer is found to have violated the Human Ri...

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Apr 23, 2015

$25K Awarded Against Restaurant Owner who Prevented Employee from Serving Employee’s Mother Because of Service Animal

On November 4, 2014, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) found that a restaurant owner discriminated against a customer (CC)...

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Mar 5, 2015

Recent Arbitral Decision Suggests there are Objective Limits to an Employee’s Right to Religious Accommodation

Increasingly, employers are being faced with requests from employees requesting religious accommodation on various grounds, including paid time off...

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Feb 9, 2015

Ontario Court Adopts Expansive Interpretation of Family Status Protection under the Ontario Human Rights Code

The Superior Court of Ontario recently adopted the test for family status discrimination as outlined in the seminal decision, Johnstone v Canada (B...

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Jan 15, 2015

The Employer Case for Effective Disability Management

In the last couple of years, employers and organizations have seen their costs associated with employee absenteeism skyrocket.  Absenteeism in...

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