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Must My Employer Pay Me When I Miss Work to Observe a Religious Holiday?

This is an issue we discuss in my employment law course.  In Canada, we have a number of ‘statutory’ holidays, many of which are based historically on Christian holy days…

Is Firing Someone for Being Criminally Charged a Breach of the Human Rights Code?

Can an employer dismiss (or refuse to hire)  a person who has been charged with a criminal offense?  That is the issue the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal will soon decide…

The Turban and the Hard Hat Again

The Turban and the Hard Hat Again

      Law students likely recall Bhinder v. CNR, a Supreme Court case from 1985 in which the Court ruled that a rule requiring a Sikh to wear a hardhat (and therefore…

Hooters’ Discrimination?

Hooters’ Discrimination?

  Here’s an issue we discuss in my employment law class.   Can Hooters refuse to hire male servers?  They do of course.  Well now a man in Texas has had…

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…