Ontario court uses power to award human rights damages

Fired employee gets $20,000 in rare case of human rights damages as part of wrongful dismissal claim in court
By Justin Tetrault
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/08/2014

In 2008, the Ontario Human Rights Code was overhauled in an effort to make the process of remedying human rights abuses faster and more efficient.

Part of those amendments allowed individuals to seek human rights damages as part of a civil action and gave judges the same powers as the Human Rights Tribunal to award remedies for code infringements.

In practical terms, these amendments allowed an employee who files a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal to include a human rights claim as part of a civil action, rather than having to commence multiple proceedings in different forums.