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Protecting Employees

This resource explains how the Employment Standards Act protects workers in Ontario. It answers questions such as, 

  • My employer says I am not covered under the ESA. Is this true?
  • What are my rights?
  • I was punished for asking for my rights. What can I do? 

and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Workers’ Action Centre resources

The Workers’ Action Centre has legal information in a number of languages on topics related to workers’ rights.

Available in:

English, Bengali, Chinese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tamil

Produced by:

Workers' Action Centre

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Your Rights at Work: An Action Guide for Fair Employment

This booklet explains how workers can protect and assert their rights and what to do if their rights are violated. Topics covered include starting a new job, wages, hours of work, leaves and time off, injuries at work, termination, discrimination and harassment, and more.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Workers' Action Centre

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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OHRC policy position on sexualized and gender-specific dress codes

This section of the Ontario Human Rights Commission website explains the OHRC position on dress codes for employers and employees. It also includes links to these OHRC publications:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Guides

These guides on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario website are designed to help you understand and access the HRTO’s dispute resolution process:

  • Applicant’s Guide
  • Respondent’s Guide
  • A Guide to Mediation at Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (PDF | HTML)
  • Guide to Preparing for a Hearing Before the HRTO

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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What do I do if I feel harassed or discriminated against?

This web page explains how to respond to discrimination and provides links to additional resources on this topic.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Settlement.Org

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Employment Standards Labour Topics and Publications

This website has information about finding the Ministry of Labour’s wide selection of Employment Standards publications by topic or by browsing their publication list. It also tells how to find their information in other languages and in accessible formats.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Impaired at Work: A guide to accommodating substance dependence

The purpose of this guide is to help federally-regulated employers address substance dependence in the workplace in a way that is in harmony with human rights legislation. This guide outlines the rights and responsibilities of the employee, job applicants, the employer, unions and/or employee representatives.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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A Primer on Probationary Periods

Recorded on November 30, 2016 (41 minutes): Are you new in your job? Do you work with or represent the newly employed? Have you or someone you know, ever been terminated during a probationary period? This webinar covers the basic, but often poorly understood, rules around probationary periods. What constitutes a probationary period? Can the employer extend a probationary period?

Available in:

English

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Human Rights Toolkit

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic has created a toolkit of accessible materials designed for agencies and community groups to inform clients and the general public about what discrimination is and what you can do about it. Included are:

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Presentation materials

Produced/Updated In:

2016