Workplace Equity Guide Publishes Article by Carolyn Cornford Greaves

Hicks Morley’s Carolyn Cornford Greaves authored an article for the March 2013 edition of Workplace Equity Guide. The article entitled, “HRTO Considers Allegations of Age Discrimination in Employer Hiring Practices” discusses a recent decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that reaffirms that an employer’s decision not to interview or hire an older job…

Lauri Reesor Quoted in Canadian Lawyer Legal Feeds

Hicks Morley’s Lauri Reesor was quoted in the December 7, 2012 edition of Canadian Lawyer Legal Feeds. In an article entitled “Case law gap in age-related workplace discrimination,” Lauri comments on the difficulty of addressing workplace discrimination based on age-related disability. She emphasizes that encouraging older workers to retire may constitute discrimination however, once an…

HRTO Considers Allegations of Age Discrimination in Employer Hiring Practices

A recent decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) reaffirms Tribunal jurisprudence that an employer’s decision not to interview or hire an older job candidate will not necessarily be a violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”). In Loose v. Ontario (Education), the applicant applied for a position posted by…

Operation of Pension and Benefit Plans do not Discriminate on the Basis of Age: Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Recent decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) provide welcome guidance for employers who have been confronted with allegations that provisions of their pension and benefit plans discriminate on the basis of age under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”). In several decisions the Tribunal has held that some age-based distinctions…

Human Rights Tribunal Upholds Mandatory Retirement at Age 60 for Firefighters

In an important decision issued December 18, 2008, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has upheld a provision in a Collective Agreement which requires mandatory retirement at age 60 for firefighters. In the City of London decision, Adjudicator David A. Wright found that while the provision was prima facie discriminatory, it could be reasonably justified…