Workplace Discrimination Lawyer in Vancouver

Protecting Employees’ Rights to Fair Treatment

British Columbia has strict laws, such as the BC Human Rights Code, to prevent employers from using discriminatory practices when dealing with employees. However, not all employers adhere to the rules or often use deceitful tactics to avoid following the law.

When this occurs, workers who have been discriminated against often do not know where to turn for help. However, Labour Rights Law of Vancouver is a law firm dedicated to providing legal assistance to individuals who have experienced workplace discrimination.

Contact our Vancouver law offices and ask to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and determine what legal options may be available.

How Does the BC Human Rights Code Protect Employees Against Discrimination?

The BC Human Rights Code actively protects citizens so they can participate equally in all areas of their daily life. One of the areas of focus in the Human Rights Code is that of employment.

Employment discrimination can be harmful to all individuals in the workplace and community. Employers have a legal obligation to not discriminate in their respective workplaces. According to the BC Human Rights Code, a ground of discrimination is a personal characteristic protected under the law.

Therefore, employers must take reasonable steps to prevent employee discrimination, in legal terms referred to as the “duty to accommodate.”

Characteristics that are protected under the law include:

  • Race
  • Colour
  • Ancestry
  • Place of origin
  • Age
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital or family status
  • Religious beliefs
  • Political beliefs
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Summary or criminal conviction

If you have experienced adverse treatment based on the listed characteristics, you must contact an experienced workplace discrimination lawyer immediately.

Labour Rights Law understands how upsetting it can be to be the victim of workplace discrimination. As a result, one of our primary objectives is to ensure that all employees in Vancouver and the surrounding areas receive the fair treatment they deserve.

How Do I Prove Workplace Discrimination?

One term often used in workplace discrimination is “adverse impact.” A negative effect or adverse impact is a workplace policy or rule that seems to treat everyone fairly in the workplace but actually has the opposite effect.

Some examples of adverse effects include:

  • Being denied a promotion.
  • Being denied rightful benefits.
  • Unwarranted disciplinary actions
  • Refrain from hiring based on personal characteristics.
  • Refusing to return an employee to work.
  • Ending employment based on personal characteristics.

Therefore, to prove workplace discrimination, the following must be true:

  • You have a characteristic that the Human Rights Code protects.
  • You have experienced an adverse impact as a result of the unfair treatment.
  • The protected characteristic was a leading factor in the adverse impact you suffered.

Additionally, if you are a member of a union or other similar organization, these employment groups also have a legal obligation not to discriminate regarding their membership.

Employers may be able to justify their actions under the BC Human Rights Code. However, if the employer cannot prove their conduct was in accordance with the Human Rights Code, it is determined that discrimination did occur.

Suppose you can prove that you were discriminated against. In that case, the Human Rights Tribunal may order your employer to pay “injury to dignity” damages and compensation for lost wages if applicable.

How Can a Workplace Discrimination Lawyer Help Me With My Case?

If you have experienced workplace discrimination, you may need clarification on your legal options and where to seek help. However, the Labour Rights Law of Vancouver has an experienced legal team and comprehensive experience in handling employment discrimination claims.

If you have experienced workplace discrimination, our law firm can assist you in filing a human rights complaint. Additionally, we are also qualified to provide clients with legal representation to ensure their legal rights are fully protected.

If we agree to take your case, our first step will be to thoroughly review your employer’s workplace policies to determine their compliance with the BC Human Rights Code. Our workplace discrimination lawyer can also begin an investigation to obtain evidence and determine the extent of the improper conduct.

If Labour Rights Law successfully proves your case, you may be awarded damages to compensate you for lost wages or try to make you “whole” again. However, it should be noted that every workplace discrimination case is unique, and therefore, any potential compensation awards will vary.

If you are still trying to determine the advantages of hiring a workplace discrimination lawyer, contact our law offices and ask to schedule a meeting with a qualified legal team member who will gladly answer your questions.

Why Should I Choose Human Rights Law to Represent Me in a Workplace Discrimination Case?

If you have experienced workplace discrimination, it is always best to hire a skilled lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights. Employment issues are often overly complex and challenging to navigate independently.

Labour Right Law of Vancouver has in-depth experience handling workplace discrimination claims. Our legal team uses its experience to review all the circumstances involved in your case and create a legal strategy that will provide maximum results.

It is imperative that you consult with a knowledgeable workplace discrimination lawyer immediately after the incident(s) have occurred. Often, evidence can disappear, witnesses’ memories fade, or other employees leave the company.

Employees only have 12 months to file a complaint regarding the incident(s) that occurred. The complaint must give an accurate description of the discriminatory practice that occurred and how the actions affected you.

Our law firm can guide you through every step of filing a complaint to ensure your legal rights are protected. Our law firm is passionately committed to protecting the citizens of our community to ensure they can live their lives free of discriminatory practices.

If you have questions about how Labour Rights Law can help you with workplace discrimination, contact our law offices at 604-245-3169 to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal options.