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BC’s 14 Protected Grounds of Discrimination

By David Brown. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees at any time in the employment process.  What is discrimination and what grounds are protected under British Columbia’s human rights legislation? Lawyer David Brown explains in his latest blog post here.

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Suen v. Envirocon: The Last Word on Family Status in BC?

By Erin Brandt. In November 2017, we applauded a forward-thinking BC Human Rights Tribunal decision (Suen v. Envirocon) that offered hope for a change in the law relating to family status discrimination. In that case, Mr. Suen argued that his dismissal for refusing to accept a temporary work transfer to Manitoba, which would have taken […]

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Recap: Vancouver Employer Forum – October 2018

At last month’s Vancouver Employer Forum, we took on the challenge of tackling two timely workplace issues: #metoo and gender.

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Midwives Subject to Gender Discrimination: Association of Ontario Midwives v. Ontario

By Erin Brandt. Last month, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued an historic decision. The Tribunal ruled that the Ontario government has been discriminating against Ontario midwives since 2005 on the basis of sex as a result of the difference between the compensation paid to midwives and Community Health Care Clinic (CHC) physicians. What happens […]

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Kent Employment Law Highlighted in Triple Pundit Article on Canadian B Corps (Oct 2017)

Canadian B Corps Stand Against Hate and Discrimination in the Workplace By Melissa Schweyer (for Triple Pundit) In a recent article for Triple Pundit highlighting four Canadian B Corps taking a stand against discrimination and hate, Melissa Schweyer speaks to Trevor Thomas about Kent Employment Law’s values and our commitment to diversity and inclusion. You […]

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Gender-Based Dress Codes: Did We Need Another Law?

By Erin Brandt. Updated April 21, 2017 (Originally posted March 31, 2017) Gender-based dress codes have lately become a media “hot topic”. In March, I joined the public discussion when I spoke to CBC’s Andrew Chang  about BC Green party leader Andrew Weaver’s proposal to outlaw high heels in the workplace. Much of the focus in […]

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Thorp case illustrates the low spark of high-heeled job requirements: Business In Vancouver

By Fiona Anderson. Much ado has been made about the new rules that say employers can’t require women to wear high heels at work. The issue first came to my attention when the New York Times in January ran a story about an actress in England who was sent home from a temporary clerical assignment […]

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David Brown to Speak at Family Enterprise Xchange Okanagan (April 2017)

In this timely discussion, KEL Kelowna’s David Brown will be presenting on employers’ obligations under the British Columbia Human Rights Code, including a discussion on the always challenging topics of disability management, the duty to accommodate and undue hardship.

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Live Long and Prosper: Human Rights are Alive and Well (Inspired Senior Living)

In the November 2016 issue of Inspired Senior Living, Richard Johnson explains how BC human rights laws protect employees from age-based discrimination.

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When Hugging Becomes Harassment

Lawyer Erin Brandt (nee Kizell), Contributor.  In many circumstances, hugging represents an act of affection or comfort. An unexpected or unwanted hug, however, is another thing entirely – it violates personal space and boundaries and can cause mental and emotional distress. And, from a legal perspective, if it happens in the workplace, it can amount […]

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