Workplace discrimination can take many different forms and can be based on a variety of prohibited grounds including race, gender and religion. While many who experience discrimination in employment are actually employed when it happens, that is not a prerequisite. It is possible that someone seeking employment might be denied a job for discriminatory reasons and if so, the person may decide to file a human rights complaint.
There was a time that employees throughout British Columbia could count on a pension when they retired after years of working. As the years have passed however, this has changed. Workers living longer and a lagging economy contribute to this. These, and other changes, have made it necessary for employees to focus on other ways to fund retirement. It has also caused some employers to rethink the way in which pensions are managed.
While not all workers belong to a union, there are a variety of things those who do can look to the organization for help with. One of those things is negotiating compensation and benefits. Generally, when it comes to matters of this nature there is an assumption that a group has more power than individuals, providing leverage in negotiation. A tactic members of a union might use in the course of negotiation is a strike.
The BC Human Rights Code provides employees in the province with a variety of workplace protections. One of those protections is from acts of discrimination. When an employee believes that he or she has been discriminated against, they can file a claim with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. In turn, those complaints may go to a hearing in front of a tribunal, which will then determine whether the actions of the employer did in fact rise to the level of violating the Code.
The British Columbia Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in the workplace on a variety of grounds including mental and physical disability. When a worker suffers discrimination on the basis of either of these grounds, that employee may be able to take legal action against the individual or party that is responsible for the discriminatory action.
Employees in the Canada have certain workplace rights. To keep a business running smoothly, employers need to be aware of various laws which set out these rights, both in legislation and as a result of developments in the common law. While regular workplace training can help prevent issues from arising, even the most prepared businesses are occasionally faced with challenging employment situations which lead to a workplace dispute. One particular area which is sensitive to handle is with respect to a business' duty to accommodate a disabled employee.
Employers and employees have a symbiotic relationship. Employers must rely upon employees for a business to work and employees rely upon employers to make a living. While these relationships often work well, disputes also arise from time-to-time.
When a union and an employer cannot reach an agreement, the possibility of employees striking often looms. Recently, a situation of this nature arose in Vancouver. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and CUPE Local 118 experienced difficulty with contract negotiations. As a result of those issues, the workers provided the team bargaining for them a 90 percent strike mandate.
Given that race is a protected ground under human rights legislation, workers who believe they have been discriminated against in the workplace because of their race can file a complaint against that employer. This is true even if the person taking the legal action is not a part of a minority group. A Caucasian man who works for the Canada Revenue Agency took such action. Despite feeling he was a lock for a management position in his office, the man was made aware that a woman or member of a visible minority would get the promotion.
For residents of multicultural Canada who have to go to work regularly, the fact that workplace discrimination is still occurs is unfortunate news. Despite the activity being illegal, a recent survey found that people throughout the nation still experience discrimination for a variety of things.