10 Common Examples of Workplace Discrimination in Ontario

June 15, 2023
Gosai Law

Workplace discrimination is a pervasive issue that can have a significant impact on individuals’ well-being and professional growth. In Ontario, employment law provides protection against various forms of discrimination, ensuring that employees are treated fairly and equitably.

The Ontario Human Rights Code serves as the primary legislation addressing workplace discrimination in the province. It prohibits discrimination based on several grounds, including race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and more. Employers have a legal obligation to create a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

In Ontario, there are numerous examples of workplace discrimination that individuals may face. They include:

  1. Refusing to hire or promote someone based on their race or ethnicity.
  2. Paying employees of different genders different salaries for the same work.
  3. Subjecting an employee to derogatory comments or jokes based on their sexual orientation.
  4. Denying job opportunities or promotions to individuals with disabilities.
  5. Implementing policies or practices that disproportionately impact certain religious groups.
  6. Firing an employee after they disclose their pregnancy or intention to take parental leave.
  7. Excluding individuals with mental health conditions from workplace activities or assignments.
  8. Refusing to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.
  9. Creating a hostile work environment through the use of racial slurs or offensive language.
  10. Treating employees differently based on their age, particularly during recruitment or layoff processes.

Discrimination in any form should never be tolerated. It undermines the principles of fairness, equality, and respect that are crucial for a healthy work environment. Employers have a responsibility to foster an inclusive workplace culture where employees are treated with dignity and without bias.

If you believe you have experienced discrimination at work, it’s important to understand your rights and seek appropriate legal advice. Gosai Law can help you navigate the complexities of employment law in Ontario and take necessary actions to protect your rights.

Contact us if this issue concerns you or someone you know. You can reach us during regular business hours at (905) 595-2225 or email anytime us at

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