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A Strategic Plan for the Implementation of Human Rights

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has produced a new strategic plan for its work over the next five years (Putting People and Their Rights at the Centre –  http://www.ohrc.on.ca/sites/default/files/Strategic%20Plan_
2017-2022_accessible_EN.pdf). This is an excellent development. The plan makes the mandate and work of the Commission transparent and comprehensible to the public and to the media, who are often still confused about the difference between a Human Rights Tribunal and a Human Rights Commission. Since Ontario is the jurisdiction in which the difference in roles is most marked, it is helpful to have the Commission articulate clearly that its focus is on tackling systemic discrimination,...

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$161,737 for Lost Wages Awarded to Person with a Developmental Disability

DISABILITY — EQUAL PAY / Decision on an application alleging discrimination in employment on the basis of disability. The applicant, who is a person with a developmental delay, alleged that while she performed substantially the same duties as general labourers who did not have developmental disabilities, she was paid significantly less. The Tribunal found that the pay differential was a...

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Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Not Mental Disability

“I am compelled to return to the Board's reasons.  Although lengthy, they were anything but clear.  After participating in a long process, a complainant should not be at risk of having a finding of discrimination set aside because of a board's imprecise reasoning.  Similarly, a respondent who has been found to have discriminated, is entitled to know what aspects of its behaviour attracted censure, so that those conclusions may be addressed remedially or meaningfully challenged on...

Human Rights Digest 17-7, October 2016