In 2008, significant changes were made to the way in which discrimination complaints are dealt with by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. To assess the effectiveness of these changes, the amendments called for a three year review.
The Pinto Report, authored by Andrew Pinto, has just been released, summarizing the author’s findings, advice and recommendations for further improvement. Some highlights of the recommendations include:
One of the biggest concerns for employers is the proposed increase to potential damage awards, as this would result in significantly higher exposure in a forum which still does not permit respondents to recover legal costs against unsuccessful applicants. In another vein, an increased involvement by the Human Rights Legal Support Centre may assist with weeding out meritless claims.
It remains to be seen, however, whether any or all of these changes will be adopted.
The full text of The Pinto Report can be accessed by clicking here.
If you have any questions about the potential implications of The Pinto Report, or any other questions relating to workplace law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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