Common Questions

I’ve been discriminated against because of my sexual orientation

The BC Human Rights Code says that in certain situations (such as in advertisements for employment, tenancies, and other situations mentioned in the Code) it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation. If you believe someone has discriminated against you or harassed you because of your sexual orientation, you can file a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Depending on the situation, there may also be other legal options available to you.

Good starting points include:

  • Human Rights & Discrimination Protection, from The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, outlines the types of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation, that are illegal under the BC Human Rights Code. It also explains the complaint process.
  • LSLAP Manual: Human Rights, from the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), is a manual used by law students handling cases at the LSLAP program’s legal clinics. This chapter provides an overview of legislated human rights, the contexts in which those rights operate, and prohibited grounds of discrimination, including sexual orientation.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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