I chose this quote months ago when the idea for 150 Words was born. For me, it underscores the importance of our work with employers in promoting respect in the workplace, and the corresponding positive impact this has on people’s working experience:
We need human rights. Whether we like it or not, religious, ethnic and cultural diversity is part of our modern world – and increasingly, part of our national and community reality. Human rights and the respect for every individual upon which they rest, offer the best hope for reconciling the conflicts this diversity is bound to generate. If we are to live together in peace and harmony – within our nations and as nations in the wider world – we must find ways to accommodate each other.
A lot has happened in the world since I chose the quote. At a time when so many around the globe seem to be struggling with acceptance and tolerance, I could not have imagined how much more important it would be to remember the significance of celebrating our differences.
 Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, “Human Rights Protection in Canada,” (2009) Osgoode Hall Review of Law and Policy (Vol. 2, Issue 1) at 20.
About the Author: Toronto Employment Lawyer Christine Thomlinson is a co-founder and co-managing partner of Rubin Thomlinson LLP. Appearing regularly on Best Lawyers and Leading Practioners lists in Canada, Christine is known for her high capability to think strategically, and her ability to find practical, often innovative, legal solutions to her clients’ challenging workplace issues.