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August 2015 Archives

Wrongful termination claim results in $84.5K award

Most people change their jobs multiple times throughout their lives. The reasons that prompt someone to seek a new job vary widely. Sometimes it occurs because a worker chooses this course of action, and leaves a previous job. Other times however it is because their previous employment was terminated. While under some circumstances the termination of a worker's job may be legal, in other situations, this course of action could be against the law.

BC Human Rights Tribunal fails to find discrimination in hiring

There are multiple grounds upon which employees and prospective employees assert complaints of discrimination in employment. While these claims mostly arise during the course of - or at the conclusion of - the employment relationship, they can also arise during the hiring process. A man in a BC community recently asserted that he was discriminated against on the basis of a mental disability when he applied and interviewed for a chief administrative officer position in that community. 

Using a lawyer to conduct a workplace investigation

Each day incidents arise at the workplace which may require an employer to investigate formally the allegations which arise. An alleged violation of human rights law and bullying and harassment complaints are where workplace investigations commonly arise, as well as in certain statutorily mandated situations. When an employer learns of allegations of bullying and harassment, human rights violations, or workplace safety issues in particular, it is prudent to commence an independent investigation as soon as possible.

Accommodating workers who use marijuana

Employers have a duty to accommodate workers who are disabled, up to the point of undue hardship or where a bona fide occupational requirement (BFOR) exists. The situations in which an accommodation must be granted vary depending on the specifics surrounding the disability and the accommodation sought. Failure to accommodate a worker could result in legal action and a human rights complaint.

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