About Discrimination Against Disability in Canada
In the annual report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission released last month, the Commission received more complaints than ever. These were the most complaints it had received in over ten years, and they focused on a wide range of issues, including disability. However, race, religion, and national or ethnic origin were also prominent grounds for complaint. Despite this, disability discrimination remained the top reason for discrimination. How can I make my complaint?
You can file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, but this is the last resort. Make sure to exhaust other avenues first. Contact your employer and union representative to talk about your concern. You may also wish to contact the Human Rights Commission to request a complaint form. Regardless of which route you choose, you must make your complaint within one year of the incident. This means that the complaint must be filed within a year of the alleged discrimination.
In some cases, employers may be able to justify their actions by citing health or business reasons. However, when you are faced with an employer who does not make reasonable accommodations, it may be considered discrimination. However, if the discrimination has been intentional, it may be illegal. In this case, it will be illegal to fire the employer for discriminating against disabled employees. The Ontario Human Rights Act (AODA) applies to all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and private sector businesses in Ontario.
Where Can I Complain About Discrimination Against Disability in Canada?
As part of Canada’s human rights law, employers are required to remove barriers in the workplace and implement new policies and accommodations to ensure the right of all employees. The Act prohibits discrimination based on 11 specified grounds and is a vital piece of legislation for the equality of all citizens. Moreover, employers are required to accommodate employees with disabilities, unless there is an exceptional circumstance. The Human Rights Commission, or HRC, will investigate the case and resolve the issue.
The right to access and disclose information regarding disabilities is a human right, and you should assert your rights to ensure that your rights are respected. Discrimination is illegal, and you should file a complaint if you believe you have been discriminated against. An employer can not be held accountable for their actions if it is not aware of your disability. Similarly, employees can not be penalized for not telling an employer about their disability.
Indirect discrimination occurs when a rule, policy or practice appears to apply to all employees but unfairly disadvantages a disabled person. For example, a local authority may publish an information leaflet for residents but does not produce an easy-to-read version of the leaflet. This decision is likely to be indirect discrimination. This act provides a mechanism for you to complain about indirect discrimination against disability in Canada.