FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2010

Manitoba Human Rights Commission approves new guidelines

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission will publish two new guidelines this spring. The first, “Parents and pregnant women” will provide information on protections from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and marital and family status in employment, housing and services under The Human Rights Code (Manitoba).

The second new guideline “Protections from discrimination based on gender identity; Your Rights, Your Obligations” identifies protections from discrimination on the basis of gender identity under The Human Rights Code (Manitoba) in employment, services and housing.

“Almost 12% of complaints filed with the Commission in 2009 alleged discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and/or marital status”, says Dianna Scarth, Executive Director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. With respect to the guidelines on discrimination based on gender identity, Ms Scarth noted that some employers and landlords may not be aware that discriminating against persons who are transsexual, without reasonable cause, contravenes the Human Rights Code.