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January 2017 Archives

Study finds disabled people fear discrimination

A poll conducted in Toronto has once again brought to light the struggles of the disabled community to find and maintain employment. The poll, commissioned by the CIBC, suggests that only half of all disabled Canadians are employed in a full-time or part-time capacity. This is true here in Alberta as well, where many disabled people fear discrimination on the basis of their disabilities. 

Family status discrimination a real concern for employees

Even in 2017, discrimination in the workplace is still a major problem in Canada. Most Calgary residents probably think of discrimination in its most obvious forms: gender, sexuality and race. However, other forms of discrimination exist and are now being talked about far more freely than they have been in the past. One such form of discrimination is so-called "family status" discrimination, in which an employee can face censure as a result of obligations stemming from caring for ailing family members.

Workplace discrimination takes on many forms

When one asks the average Canadian to define workplace discrimination, chances are the usual suspects will be trotted out: gender, sexuality, race. However, some Alberta residents may be surprised to note that discrimination takes on many forms, not just those commonly scrutinized by the media. Here are several types of workplace discrimination that, while under-reported, may still be worthy of pursuing legal action. 

Former cabinet minister faces sexual harassment claim

A former cabinet minister from Manitoba's branch of the New Democrat Party will find out very soon whether he will be allowed to be reinstated to his party. Calgary residents may already be aware the former minister was the subject of a sexual harassment claim last November. If sufficient evidence of wrongdoing on his part is presented, he could be removed from caucus and face civil litigation from the claimed victim. 


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