Posted by Darryl Aarbo — filed in Human Rights Law
The Alberta Human Rights Act (“AHRA”) was implemented as an instrument to prevent discrimination, or to remedy wrongs done to individuals who provide a service in the public sector. Prohibitions apply to several protected areas and grounds under the AHRA.
The Alberta Court of Appeal and the Court of Queen’s Bench have defined the scope of relationships protected under the Human Rights legislation. As a general rule Courts define the employment relationship within the public sector broadly, purposively and liberally. An employment relationship has been found to exist when an individual “earns their livelihood from the relationship.” Courts have also held that one is an employer to some extent when one controls the ability of another to earn a livelihood.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against or that your rights have been violated our Employment lawyers at Aarbo Fuldauer LLP can assist you in ascertaining whether Human Rights legislation can intervene under the circumstances. We can assist you in determining whether your relationship with your employer is within the purview of Human Rights Legislation and whether the discrimination you’ve suffered is protected under the grounds defined by the Human Rights Commission.
By Sharni Dhillon B.Sc, J.D., Associate at Aarbo Fuldauer LLP
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