Thursday, June 27, 2013

New column day

Here, on some of the next steps Saskatchewan should consider along the path toward the preservation of human rights - including adding "social condition" as a prohibited ground of discrimination, and making private-sector actors accountable for breaches of fundamental freedoms.

For further reading...
- Leading cases on the "social condition" ground of discrimination include WCB v. Mercer et al, 2012 NWTSC 57, where it was held to require fair treatment for seasonal truckers under Workers' Compensation legislation, and Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse v Wal-Mart Canada Inc, 2003 CanLII 24566 (QC HRT), where it was held to prohibit employers from screening applicants based on criminal offences unconnected to their proposed employment.
- And the definition of discrimination is found at section 10 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

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