Discrimination in the workplace is still a leading cause of claims against employers and employees leaving their employment. In British Columbia, there is the BC Human Rights Code which applies to most employment situations. Under the Act there are many grounds of protected discrimination including, but not limited to the following:
- sexual orientation;
- Criminal convictions unrelated to employment; and
- Political beliefs.
Protection from discrimination applies in all parts of employment. An employer cannot factor one of the protected grounds in any decision regarding conditions or terms of employment. This protection from discrimination even extends to protecting an employee from discrimination from fellow employees.
As an employee, you do not have to tolerate discrimination and can make a complaint to the human rights tribunal.
As an employer, it is important to make sure that there are proper policies in place to protect employees from discrimination and take seriously all claims of discrimination.
Discrimination is a serious matter and legal guidance may be necessary to obtain. Do not hesitate to contact Avery Law Office if you are needing assistance.