Rights and Wrongs

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario seems to be a more frequent stop for injured workers with accommodation concerns since changes to the provincial human rights system were adopted two years ago.

“It’s becoming increasingly more common,” notes Ryan Conlin, a partner at SBH Management Lawyers in Toronto.

The 2008 amendments to Ontario’s Human Rights Code sought, in part, to get claims before the tribunal more quickly. That objective is being realized, but the process is leaving some employers to concurrently deal with both the tribunal and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Conlin says.