Discrimination in the Workplace

by | Apr 24, 2023 | Employment Law

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:

  1. Race;
  2. Religion;
  3. sexual orientation;
  4. Gender;
  5. Criminal convictions unrelated to employment; and
  6. 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. 

This this information is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. Individuals should consult with their personal legal professional regarding the information provided herein.

<a href="https://averylawoffice.ca/author/anne-marie/" target="_self">Anne-Marie Mizzi</a>

Anne-Marie Mizzi

Anne-Marie started her legal career at our Summerland office May 2021. She is be a recent Juris Doctorate graduate from Thompson Rivers University. While at Thompson Rivers University she participated in the Law Rugby Club and Access to Justice Club. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Saint Francis Xavier University in 2018. While at Saint Francis Xavier University she was the vice president of the Political Science Society and was a member of the Model United Nations team. Wherever she goes she likes to be involved in the community and looks forward to participating in what Summerland has to offer. She is also an animal lover having a cat of her own!