Employers are required by law to respect the human rights of employees. This includes refraining from practices that are overtly discriminatory. The law also places upon employers a duty to accommodate, which requires them to take steps to remove barriers that prevent employees from participating fully in the workplace.
The Richmond law firm of PLLR Lawyers is dedicated to providing advisory services to employers, as well as advocacy for both employers and employees engaged in a dispute over human rights violations.
Prohibited Grounds Of Discrimination
The BC Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of specific characteristics. These characteristics include:
- Race, colour, ancestry or place of origin
- Sexual orientation
- Political belief
- Physical or mental ability
- Marital or family status
- Criminal record status unrelated to employment
In some cases, an employer may make a distinction based on these characteristics if the distinction forms a bona fide occupational requirement.
Legal Advice For Workplace Human Rights Issues
The Richmond Human Rights Code lawyers at the firm provide advisory opinions to employers regarding their duty to accommodate. Specifically, our lawyers provide advice as to whether a proposed termination or disciplinary action may give rise to a human rights complaint and whether an obligation rests upon the employer to take proactive steps.
Employees also seek the firm’s services when they have been subject to discriminatory treatment. We represent clients at BC Human Rights Tribunal hearings and appeals.
Vancouver Lawyers Advising On Duty To Accommodate
The firm’s employment law practice group includes legal counsel with decades of practice experience in this area. As the largest law firm in Richmond, the lawyers at PLLR Lawyers have access to colleagues with whom they collaborate on cases to provide clients with comprehensive and effective legal representation.
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