Human Rights Violations & Discrimination

The law in Canada has evolved to protect and advance the concept of universal human rights. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”), the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and various provincial statutes and administrative tribunals, are just some of the ways human rights are upheld in Canada. In Ontario, Ontario’s Human Rights Code governs human rights.

At Zeilikman Law, we approach human rights violations with logical and creative solutions. Our lawyers are, professional, friendly, and determined. We have the know-how to navigate through the psychology of any given human rights violation.

Workplace human rights violations throughout Canada are of significant concern and normally fall within the jurisdiction of administrative human rights tribunals such as the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario or, at the federal level, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. It is also the case now that the Ontario courts have jurisdiction to enforce human rights remedies, provided certain legal requirements are met.

How do I know if I am being discriminated against?

Human rights violations in Canada, and Ontario, include issues such as harassment in the workplace, unfair discrimination based on race, religion, colour, ethnicity, creed, sex (including maternity leave), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, disability or language, among other prohibited grounds of discrimination. Human rights violations and discriminatory harassment apply not only to the employer but to anyone in the workplace.

Human rights discrimination regarding the rate of pay, overtime, working hours, holidays, benefits, layoffs, dismissal/termination, discipline, and performance are also all prohibited under the Human Rights Code, as employees have the right to equal treatment with respect to employment. Normally, an employer can justify differential treatment if such treatment is a bona fide occupational requirement and to act differently would result in “undue hardship.”

How can Zeilikman Law help?

Everyone deserves equal respect and freedom from human rights discrimination. If you believe your human rights were violated in the workplace, contact Zeilikman Law today and speak with one of our experienced lawyers to discuss your options. We will help asses whether there are grounds for a complaint, and assist you throughout the process of making a complaint and enforcing your rights.

Request a consultation today or call us at 905-417-2227 today! 

Legal Receptionist

Zeilikman Law is an employment law firm located in Vaughan, Ontario. We are looking to hire a legal receptionist to join our firm. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working as a receptionist at another law firm.

Location: Vaughan, Ontario.

Start Date: Immediately.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Full time. In-person only. This is not a remote work position.

Wages: 35,000 to 40,000 per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage our firm’s multi-line telephone system to receive incoming calls.  Screen incoming telephone call inquiries to determine the nature of the telephone call and provide standard information related to our legal services.  Take and deliver messages and route incoming telephone calls to the appropriate staff person.
  • Answer general inquiries coming from the firm’s social media and website email.
  • Welcome in-person visitors upon arrival.  Direct visitors to the appropriate staff person and / or office or boardroom.
  • Organize in-person visitor schedule to prevent overlap and multiple bookings.
  • Receive, sort, and distribute daily mail and deliveries.
  • Arrange for couriers.
  • Keep front reception, kitchenette area and boardroom tidy.
  • Perform various clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and faxing on an as-needed basis.
  • Process client or other payments.
  • May be asked to run minor errands outside of office such as attending post office to arrange a courier or pick up mail.
  • May be asked to assist other law clerks or lawyers of the firm as required and as appropriate.
  • Any other basic administrative duties or tasks as deemed appropriate.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures including filing, faxing, and printing and copying.
  • Basic word processing computer skills.
  • Proficient in receptionist and telephone practices, etiquette, and decorum.
  • Professional attitude and appearance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude is a must.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Education and Experience:

  • Highschool diploma or equivalent.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in an office setting with an emphasis in accounting, reception or clerical work is required.   We would prefer experience in a law firm environment.

Applications for this position should be sent via email to jennifer@zeilikmanlaw.com. All applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least two references. Only successful candidates will be contacted.