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NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Newfoundland and Labrador have a Human Rights Act and a Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission, whose cases can be found here.

Grounds of Discrimination Recognized: Race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, social origin, religious creed, religion, age, disability, disfigurement, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, family status, source of income, and political opinion.

Areas of Application: Employment, Membership in a Trade Union, Provision of Goods and Services, Commercial and Residential Rentals, Publications, and Contracts.

Procedure: If the Commissioners believe that there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations they can dismiss the complaint. If they believe there is sufficient evidence, they may refer the matter for Commission-Directed Mediation or refer the matter to be heard at a Board of Inquiry.

How to Begin a Complaint: A complainant will be asked to call the Commission’s office and may be asked to fill out an intake form, which the Commission will utilize to determine whether or not reasonable grounds exist for a complaint, and then whether to accept the complaint. Visit their Complaint Process page here for more information.

Limitation Periods: The alleged complaint needs to be made within one year of the alleged contravention.

Remedies: Apology, Reference letter, Reinstatement, Human Rights training for the Respondent, Policy change with the Respondent, Lost wages, General Damages.