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In Ontario, an employee’s right to be free from discrimination in the workplace is protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code or the Canadian Human Rights Act, depending upon whether the employer is provincially regulated or federally regulated. Many employers are provincially regulated. In order to be protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code, you must have been discriminated against due to the fact that you are part of an identifiable group listed in the legislation:

Section 5.(1) of the Ontario Human Rights Code states:

S.(1) Employment – Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status or disability.

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