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Globe & Mail’s “The Office Blog” Cites Workplace Law Blog

I couldn’t figure out why I was getting so many hits from the Globe and Mail this weekend, but then I realized that the The Office Blog, written by Craig…

Can an employer discriminate against me because I’m “ugly”?

When I teach employment discrimination law, my undergrads are often surprised to learn about all of the grounds on which an employer is permitted to discriminate in hiring or in other…

COACH: Another Human Rights Violator

A student of mine gave me a job application form from a company called Coach, an American company wit stores in Toronto and some other Canadian cities.  It apparently sells…

Is it discriminatory to dismiss an alcoholic for stealing alcohol?

We considered in my employment law class recently a hypothetical case in which a bartender was dismissed for drinking on the job (stealing product), but who then claimed he was…

Age Discrimination and the Stripper

The CBC is reporting that a 44 year old Toronto area stripper has filed a Human Rights Code complaint, alleging her employer’s decision to dismiss her as part of a…

Religious Freedom, Human Rights, and Beards…again

We noted an interesting human rights case from Alberta recently in which an employee alleges that the employer’s rule requiring a clean-shaven face violates his religious freedom.  Here is a…

Starbucks and Discrimination: Part Deux

Starbucks and Discrimination: Part Deux

Since many of you expressed concern and dismay over Starbuck’s discriminatory job application form, I felt obliged to ask Starbucks to explain why they have illegal questions in their application…

Accommodation and the Case of Beard

Thanks to York employment law student Manav Karwal for pointing out an interesting human rights case from Alberta.   The employee is a Sikh.  When his employer, Syncrude Canada, ordered him to shave…

Starbucks and Discriminatory Application Form

While waiting for my coffee the other day, I scooped up a job application form sitting on the counter at Starbucks.  Apparently, they are hiring “baristas’.  The application form says,…

Student Blog: Harassment and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

In this first “Student Blog”, York student Shanthi Bala set out to solve a mystery we discussed in our Employment Law course.  We noted that, while “sexual orientation” is a…