MHRC - Employment Equity

As an employer, manager, business owner or supervisor you have responsibilities to ensure that discrimination and harassment do not occur in your workplace. The Human Rights Code protects current, past and potential employees.

In 2009, more than 75 per cent of the registered complaints were in the area of employment.

When a complaint is brought to the attention of the Commission, you may be contacted in an effort to resolve the issue informally (pre- complaint resolution). Once a formal complaint is filed, an initial review of the complaint will be done by the Commission to determine the appropriate next steps. These steps may include preliminary assessment, mediation, and/or investigation.

The following publications may help you understand your rights and responsibilities as an employer:

Pre-employment inquiries – You can respect human rights in hiring

Reasonable Accommodation – You can remove barriers to equality of opportunity and participation

Reasonable Accommodation: Developing a Policy

Reasonable Accommodation: Sample Policy for Employers

Reasonable Accommodation: Responding to a Request

Anti Harassment in the Workplace: Sample Policy

Employment Equity

Special Programs

Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace

How to respond to a human rights complaint

Fact Sheet: Discrimination is prohibited by The Human Rights Code

Fact Sheet: Harassment is prohibited by The Human Rights Code

Guide to a Reasonable Offer

Adjudications and Court Decisions

Practical Guide for Employers: Employees with Service Animals