This presentation discusses how the Human Rights Code protects employees from offensive, even hateful speech that might be tolerated by Canadian law outside the workplace. We focus on the obligation of employers to do more than respond to complaints of harassment or requests for accommodation, but to prevent workplaces from developing poisoned work environments for employees on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other Code-protected grounds. This includes addressing the conduct of not only management and co-workers, but can also extend to ensuring the conduct of patients, members of the public and even comments on social media do not subject employees to oppressive workplace atmospheres.
The presentation will also address any pre-submitted questions from ONA members. The last portion of the teleconference will consist of questions and answers from participants. Pam Mancuso, Vice-President, Region 1, will be the moderator for this teleconnect.