Human Rights Defence
Employers face increasingly complex human rights concerns in the modern workplace. Our skilled labour and employment lawyers provide the strategic and practical advice employers need to deal with human rights complaints effectively.
An established foundation in labour and employment law is necessary in this specific and complicated area of the law. McLennan Ross is a full-service law firm with one of the most highly experienced Labour and Employment Law Groups in Western Canada. We provide practical management of human rights complaints as well as forward-thinking advice to avoid missteps. Our experienced lawyers know the details of the process to handle human rights issues effectively at every stage.
Forward-thinking is the best strategy.
Proactive in our approach, we provide employers and their management teams with clear and effective training and advice on risk-management strategies and duty-to-accommodate issues. We assist with the development or adjustment of rules, policies, or practices to avoid problems or complaints.
While our goal is to find a resolution at the preliminary stages of an issue, if a complaint proceeds, we are effective in all stages of human rights proceedings, from replying to complaints, managing investigations, dispute resolution, to litigation or appeals.
We have extensive experience across a range of human rights issues, including disability and family status matters, gender and harassment complaints, and the complex issues surrounding mental health. We conduct thorough workplace investigations and assist with discrimination claims based on race, ethnicity, and place of origin, as well as issues relating to drug and alcohol testing and medical marijuana use.
We also keep our clients current on any new developments or emerging regulations under provincial and federal human rights legislation by providing regular updates and training on new legislation and other relevant human rights topics.
Employers want us in their corner.
Our clients come from a range of industries in both the private and public sectors. We assist municipal, provincial and federal governments, educational institutions, fire and police services, and social services. We handle human rights matters for service providers and large companies across a range of industries such as oil and gas, construction, retail, warehousing and manufacturing, transportation, professional services, information technology, and the financial sector.
We have been strong advocates for our clients at both the provincial and federal level, appearing before various provincial Human Rights Commissions, as well as the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Our lawyers have a thorough knowledge of human rights legislation, emerging laws being developed, and the different rules of procedure for each tribunal.
Our reputation is built on our results. We know all the details of the process and how to avoid the pitfalls.
Contact us for any help on human rights matters, no matter the size or complexity. We’re always ready to help.
Gagne v Prema Health Corp., 2023 AHRC 20
Stolar v Prema Wellness, 2023 AHRC 6
Benoit v Insight Medical Imaging (Heritage), 2022 AHRC 110