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Human rights in Canada are for all people including women, children and seniors.
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms sets out those rights and freedoms that Canadians believe are necessary in a free and democratic society. Some of the rights and freedoms contained in the Charter are as follows:
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code is the law used to promote and protect rights and equality in Saskatchewan.
Discrimination is an unfair action made against you because you belong to a certain group. The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) is a government agency that protects and promotes human rights in Saskatchewan.
All individuals have certain rights guaranteed by this code, and it is illegal to discriminate against a person based on certain characteristics called prohibited (protected) grounds. These include the following:
Harassment is discrimination under The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code when it involves the protected grounds and is done in a public area of life.
For example, a supervisor or co-worker makes negative comments about your age, race or religious practices that you find offensive. As a result, you experience negative conditions at work. This would be discrimination in employment based on the protected grounds of age, race and religion.
An employee may sometimes need to change how their work is done, because of a disability or religious practice or a reason related to another prohibited ground. The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code requires employers to try to accommodate – or make adjustments – so that the employee can do their job.
In this instance, the duty to accommodate could mean:
The employer is not required to make changes to the work or workplace if the accommodation would cause an undue hardship, such as causing a workplace to go bankrupt or creating a safety risk for the employee or others.
Examples of accommodation at work:
If you think someone is discriminating against you, you can make a complaint to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. There is no cost to make a complaint and you don't need a lawyer.
You can get help with the filing a complaint and get your questions answered.
It is illegal for your employer to fire you or reduce your hours of work if you make a complaint of discrimination against them. This is called retaliation. If this happens or you suffer any losses, you may ask for financial compensation.
You are protected by federal and provincial privacy laws.
Under federal privacy laws, you have the right to:
Examples of your personal information include:
Under provincial privacy laws, you have the right to:
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