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I’ve been discriminated against because of my sexual orientation

Last reviewed in August 2018 by the Clicklaw Editors

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 People's Law School, 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.
  • Human Rights in BC: Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation, from the provincial government, explains how the law protects you from being treated badly or denied a benefit because of your sexual orientation. It includes information on where to get help.
  • LSLAP Manual: Human Rights, from the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), provides an overview of legislated human rights, the contexts in which those rights operate, and prohibited grounds of discrimination, including sexual orientation.

Need more help?

  • BC Human Rights Clinic, from Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) BC, provides assistance and representation to those who need help dealing with a provincial human rights complaint.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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