Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Welcome to the Human Rights Legal Support Centre

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code. Our services may include legal assistance in filing applications at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and legal representation at mediations and hearings.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: Pursuing a Claim at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Survivors of sexual harassment and violence in the workplace and in other specific social settings (for example, in schools, at your doctor’s office, on campus) have the right to protection under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.   This is in addition to participating in a criminal process, or, as an alternative to a civil lawsuit. Claims of sexual harassment can be filed directly at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  If you want to pursue a claim, you can obtain free legal services from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.

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Ontario's Divisional Court rejects police and doctor's efforts to bar human rights claims

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre successfully defended two clients seeking justice beyond the narrow scope of a professional regulatory body's oversight.

Update: Gender identity application was resolved October 27th at the HRTO.

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To read the full decision, visit Canlii

Steps to Justice

Steps to Justice, led by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law. 



What's new at the Centre

McCormick v Sarnia-Lambton Community Living

On June 5, 2017 Community Living Sarnia-Lambton and Mr. McCormick have, in light of the decision of the Ministry of Community and Social Services to phase out sheltered work activities in Ontario, resolved Mr. McCormick’s Application to the Human Rights Tribunal on terms satisfactory to both Mr. McCormick and Community Living Sarnia-Lambton. They and the Ministry of Community and Social Services are pleased with this result.

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre represented Mr. McCormick.

14-year old employee compensated by Tribunal for sexual and racial harassment

E.T. was 14 years old when she was subjected to sexual harassment from her employer, including “comments about the applicant’s body, her virginity.” The Centre represented the young woman at a hearing before the Tribunal.

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Tribunal finds toxic stew of sexism, racism and religion-bashing for Faema employee

The Centre represented Marisa Valle, who endured months of demeaning remarks against her religion and gender from her employer, the owner of Toronto-based coffee business Faema. Valle asked the owner, Mike Di Donato, to stop insulting her faith (he repeatedly referred to Mother Mary as a pig) and denigrating her status as a woman. He didn’t stop. Instead he asked Valle to dismiss all the racialized employees. When Valle refused, he fired her.

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Charline Grant Settles Human Rights Case with York Region District School Board

"I started fighting for my children, and together with parents and community members we challenged racism across the education system in Ontario," said Charline Grant, after settling her human rights cases about racism with the York Region District School Board.

After a long struggle, Charline Grant received a full apology from the school board and assurances of concrete steps to stamp out racism at the Board.

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Read the Minutes of Settlement here