Think of employment lawyers like firefighters. They are usually the ones getting the call to put out the fire, whether the fire in their case is a termination gone wrong, a human rights complaint, a discipline issue that had unexpected results, or any sort of serious workplace issue that has unnecessarily spiralled out of control. Our law firm will also assist in employment discrimination can be difficult to deal with, but ignoring the situation creates an unfair and inequitable workplace. Our lawyers can help you to address and deal with these situations. Our law firm will represent your best interests and ensure that you are treated with the respect and dignity we all deserve.


Working For Your Best Interests

Equal treatment with respect to employment includes the workplace environment, the employment relationship, rates of pay, overtime, hours of work, job applications, recruitment, training, promotions, transfers, dismissal, termination, and layoffs.

What is Employment Discrimination?

Employment discrimination occurs when someone is treated unequally with respect to unemployment due to that person’s race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, or disability.

What are common forms of Employment Discrimination?

  • Being terminated from a position due to an impending pregnancy
  • Being passed for a promotion due to gender
  • When an employer fails to hire individuals with disabilities
  • Making inappropriate statements in the workplace based on an employee’s sexual orientation
  • Reduced work hours due to a mental illness or disability
  • Receiving a lower wage due to race, despite the same position being held by other employees at higher pay rates

Not Sure What To Do?

The hiring, training, and promotions process should be a uniform, consistent, and unbiased process by which all employees have a chance to fulfill the job’s requirements based on skill level and experience. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly during the course of your employment, and it is based on discriminatory grounds, you could have a case.

Our legal representatives will negotiate the settlement of your employment hearing during a Tribunal mediation or directly with your employer. We will work towards fair financial compensation and will strive for a settlement that includes human rights training for employees in the workplace.

During your free consultation, our legal representatives will walk you through the employment tribunal process and/or employment hearing and will outline your options in terms of achieving a satisfactory outcome for your case.

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Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination

Preparing for a new addition to the family is typically a time of joy, happiness, and slight anxiety. When this life milestone is coupled with discrimination faced in the workplace due to the pregnancy, the anxiety can be heightened. As employment discrimination based on pregnancy is prohibited under Ontario employment standards, there are several options to pursue, if you find yourself in this position.

As discrimination related to pregnancy is a form of sexual discrimination (as only women can become pregnant), it serves as a double form of discrimination since a pregnancy in itself is a family status, which makes discrimination of family status a discriminatory practice as well.

Pregnancy Discrimination includes discriminatory policies and actions related to pregnancy such as unequal treatment in the workplace due to the pregnancy, a loss of hours, a refusal to hire or to promote the employee due the pregnancy, termination of employment, and harassment.

How To Identify It?

What Specific Actions Amount to Employment Pregnancy Discrimination?

  • Refusing to hire or promote the pregnant employee
  • Harassing the employee due to the pregnancy (this includes snide and off-colour remarks)
  • Adverse differential treatment in the workplace
  • Termination of employment without due cause
  • Instating policies and practices to counter the pregnancy
  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodation for the employee

Union & Employee Representatives

How do Union & Employee Representatives play a role in Employment Pregnancy Discrimination? Union and employee representatives have a duty to consider the issues and options in accommodating a pregnant employee’s needs. If certain policies and practices compromise union rules, union representatives must find alternative ways to assist the employee and accommodate her position.

If you believe that you are a victim of employment pregnancy discrimination, there are a number of ways to pursue your case. You have the option of filing a formal complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Complaint and you have the other option of pursuing a legal suit against your employer.

Before filing a formal complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, it is best to seek legal assistance as to how to proceed with your case correctly, particularly during the initial stages of your case. The dedicated team at Tailor Law are here to assist you with your case, every step of the way, whether your issue is simple or complex. A free consultation with one of our legal representatives will set you in the right direction.


General Workplace & Sexual Harassment

Regardless of the type of industry that one works in, sexual harassment is never acceptable in the workplace despite how inconsequential a remark or action may seem. An example of a seemingly trivial form of sexual discrimination in the workplace is the requirement of a sexualized dress code.

As sexual harassment and sex discrimination at work can be a debilitating experience, the legal representatives at Tailor Law will work with you to achieve a suitable outcome in representing your case and your interests.

While there are various forms of sexual harassment, the most common form of sexual harassment is unwanted touching and sexually suggestive remarks. Another form of sexual harassment is gender-based harassment.

Gender-based harassment is a type of sexual harassment that is defined as a behaviour or action that reinforces specific heterosexual gender norms. It is typically a work policy that is used to re-establish gender norms and label individuals as either masculine or femininity. Gender-based harassment is a tool that is used to place individuals that are deemed as “deviant” back into their “place.”

Examples of Sexual Harassment:

  • Sexual jokes
  • Innuendo and unwanted shows of action
  • Physical and sexual assault
  • Unwanted and inappropriate touching

Regardless of whether you are male or female, or you identify with a specific gender, there are options to ensure that you are not continuously discriminated on this grounds, at work. While sexual harassment in the workplace can be difficult to prove, there are always options to pursue your case.

Mental Health & Anxiety

As sexual harassment in the workplace can lead to heightened depression, a lack of confidence, and anxiety, the variables that must be considered in an employment case are numerous. As such, the legal representatives at Tailor Law take stock of each unique situation that our clients face. Providing representation is only one-half of the equation; offering suitable advice and providing legal support along the difficult period is the other half.

If you have questions about a possible case of sexual harassment in the workplace, we will be able to assist you through our free online consultation. Our online consultation allows you the option of pursing your legal issue in the comfort of your own home.