Common QuestionsI’ve been discriminated against at work on the basis of race
The BC Human Rights Code protects you from workplace discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of race, you can make a complaint to the BC Human Rights Tribunal.
However, if you work in a federally regulated industry you are protected under federal, not provincial, law. See 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 for information on making complaints to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Good starting points include:
- Protection Against Job Discrimination , from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC), is a script that explains how the BC Human Rights Code protects you on the job and what you can do if an employer discriminates against you.
- Human Rights in BC: Protection in Employment, from the provincial government, is a factsheet about human rights in BC and the protection it provides you in employment. It includes contact information for getting help.
- LSLAP Manual: Human Rights, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, discusses what discrimination is and your legal options.
- BC Human Rights Tribunal Guides and Information Sheets, from the BC Human Rights Tribunal, has useful information if you have a human rights complaint that is going to tribunal.
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