If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment, you can file an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). The HRTO resolves claims of discrimination and harassment brought under the Human Rights Code, fairly and justly. There is no tribunal fee to file an application and, similarly, no costs for representation are awarded to the parties. The HRTO first offers parties the opportunity to settle the dispute through mediation. If the parties do not agree to mediation, or mediation does not resolve the application, the HRTO holds a hearing.
Grounds of discrimination include race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.
Areas in which discrimination are considered include (i) services, goods, and facilities; (ii) accommodation (i.e. housing); (iii) employment; (iv) contracts; (v) sexual harassment; and (vi) reprisals
A common occurrence of discrimination is an employment setting where an employee may be terminated without due consideration of a disability or family status. Another common occurrence of discrimination is rental housing whereby a disability or one’s sexuality is not accommodated by the landlord.
While the litigation process is lengthy in most cases, YLAW can advise you on how to present your case, assist you in preparation, and actually manage it from start to finish over the months or, even, years, it may take to complete.