Common Questions

I work for a federally regulated industry (e.g. a bank, an airline, trucking, broadcasting) and my employer laid me off. I think it was because of my age

If you have been harassed or put at a disadvantage because of who you are, you have experienced discrimination. The Canadian Human Rights Act says it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on things such as age, race, or sexual orientation.

If you work in a federally regulated industry and believe you have been discriminated against, you can complain to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Good starting points include:

    • How to File a Complaint to Canadian Human Rights Commission, from Canadian Human Rights Commission, provides the Complaint Assessment Tool that you need to complete before you can access the Complaint Form. It includes a link to information about the three main stages of the Commission’s dispute resolution process.
    • LSLAP Manual: Human Rights, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, discusses how complaints are handled under federal human rights legislation.

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Last reviewed November 2016

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