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Is being bathed by a woman a legitimate creed-based requirement? Ontario Human Rights Tribunal requires evidence from Rastafarian

Last year I blogged about a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that considered the definition and scope of the ground of creed. While the decision laid out a clear analytical framework, the facts of the case were unique and of such specificity that it might have been difficult to see how the

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On the job and under the influence?

Earlier this month, an AirBaltic flight bound for Crete was grounded shortly before take-off after several of its crew members – including both the captain and first officer – failed alcohol tests. News reports indicate that a passenger alerted local authorities to a concern that the crew had been drinking; and that following a pre-flight

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Not 100% recovered yet? No job … Not so says Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

Are we still having the discussion that an employee needs to be 100% recovered from an injury before she/he can return to work? According to a recent Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Enquiry decision in Tanner v. Alumitech Distribution Centre Ltd., 2015 CanLII 15118 (NS HRC) apparently so. John Tanner was involved in a

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More isn’t always better: What can happen when employers receive too much medical information

In a case reported by the CBC last week, a Yellowknife woman said that she was distraught after a detailed report about her mental health was released to her employer.  The woman has a mental illness and agreed to a psychiatric assessment because she was seeking various workplace accommodations.  She says that she never agreed

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