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Can I fire a woman whose pregnancy is preventing her from doing the job she was hired to do?

It is discrimination if you fire, demote or lay off an employee because she is or may become pregnant or she is away on maternity leave or disability leave related to pregnancy. Employers have a duty to accommodate a pregnant woman unless it would cause undue hardship. This may include changing her job duties temporarily or providing time off work.

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Message from Ruth Goba – Statement on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2015

Forty years ago, the United Nations declared March 8 as International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate women and their achievements, reflect on the progress towards equality, and promote an Ontario and world where there is true gender equality.

While we join the world in observing this day and honouring our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, allies and friends, we know that we still have work to do at the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Our work is not done when one in two Canadian women report having experienced some form of violence in their lifetime.

Letter to Hon. Madeleine Meilleur re: Accounting professions legislation

February 24, 2015

Dear Minister,

Re: Accounting professions legislation

It has come to the attention of the Ontario Human Rights Commission that the Ontario Government is looking at making changes to the statutes dealing with the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario, the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in recognition that these bodies have effectively unified under the banner Chartered Professional Accountants.

Position Statement – Discrimination on the basis of sex in recruitment for the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

December 10, 2014

It has come to the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s attention that employers in Ontario are hiring almost exclusively men to work on their farms as part of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). Research shows us that each year, less than 4% of the workers that come to Ontario through the SAWP are women.

Preventing sexual harassment at work: An overview

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Preventing sexual harassment at work: An overview

Sexual harassment at work

December 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

40 minutes

Overview on preventing sexual harassment at work, with Q&A.

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Preventing discrimination because of pregnancy and breastfeeding

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Preventing discrimination because of pregnancy and breastfeeding

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Webinar

October 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

60 minutes

Policy on preventing discrimination because of pregnancy and breastfeeding overview and Q&A.

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Webcast on mental health disabilities and addictions

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Webcast on mental health disabilities and addictions

Mental health disabilities and addictions webinar

June 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

35 minutes

Highlights of the policy launch

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Q&A on human rights 101

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Q&A on human rights 101

Human Rights 101 - Q&A

July 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

30 minutes

Q&A webinar on Human Rights 101 eLearning

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