Human Rights Compliance & Litigation

A starting point with defining discrimination is that unlawful discrimination happens where a person (or group of persons) is treated differently than they would be otherwise, based on one or more of the protected grounds identified in the human rights legislation.

The human rights legislation, combined with employment equity, has prohibited employers from adopting or unintentionally using discriminatory hiring, dismissal/termination practices, and workplace policies unless the employer can justify that the non-enforcement of the workplace rule or policy would result in “undue hardship” to the employer.

An example of adverse effect discrimination is scheduling against a person’s religious holiday, such as having mandatory rotating shifts on Friday and Saturday, even though some employees observe the Sabbath on Saturday. The human rights legislation also enforces many duties on employers, such as the duty to accommodate employees with disabilities.

Human rights compliance

What are the common protected grounds?

The common protected grounds under Canada’s Human Rights Act and Ontario’s Human Rights Code are: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, a record of offences, marital status, family status or disability.

Is Employment a protected social area?

Employment is a protected social area. It is therefore important for employers to implement non-discriminatory workplace policies to prevent unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. This ensures that employees enjoy equal treatment in every aspect of the work environment and employment relationship.

Equal treatment is required in recruitment and applications, training, volunteering, interning, promotions, layoffs, dismissals/terminations, wages, hours worked, benefits, disability and the duty to accommodate, discipline and performance reviews, holidays, harassment investigations and policy development and reviews. It will also extend to including workplace events that occur outside of the regular business hours or off workplace premises.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

At Zeilikman Law, we understand the importance of developing non-discriminatory workplace policies to avoid issues such as complaints of harassment and discrimination. 

Our lawyers are also able to defend your legal position and reputation, should problems arise such as an employee claiming they were a victim of human rights discrimination, regardless if it occurred during the hiring stage, employment, or in relation to a dismissal/termination.

At Zeilikman Law, we approach these issues with logical and creative solutions. Whether your company requires taking proactive steps in the implementation of workplace policies or defending against discrimination allegations in a legal proceeding, we can help.

Request a consultation 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.