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Neutrality, Religion and Atheism
There is an important public debate going on, not just in Quebec, about secularism and the accommodation of religion. Not surprisingly, there can be radically different claims about what the right to be free from discrimination based on religion means and how that right should be implemented.
Recently, interesting decisions have recently turned up in human rights jurisprudence, emanating from complaints filed by non-believers or atheists. The decisions lead in quite different directions, demonstrating the difficulties that public bodies (and adjudicators) have with defining what constitutes “neutrality”, or secularism, or freedom from religious discrimination.
In one case, the Quebec Court of Appeal (CHRR Doc. 13-3065) overturned a decision of the Quebec Human Rights...
Sexual Harassment Poisons Workplace
SEXUAL HARASSMENT / Decision on an application alleging discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment; sexual solicitation or advances; and reprisal or threat of reprisal. The Tribunal found that the respondent's sexual harassment, which included exposing himself, stalking and text messages, was very serious and had a significant negative effect on the applicant...
What Was Said
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Member, Réjean Bélanger
"When faced with a difficult family situation and a request for compassion, there is no indication that the Respondent considered its duty to accommodate to the point of undue hardship. Overall, the Respondent showed disregard and indifference for the Complainant's family status and for the consequences that its decision to deny the TDRA would have in this regard."
Human Rights Digest 14-7, October 2013