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Meeting Highlights

Meeting 12: October 2013 Round-Up

Meeting 11: February 19 2013 - Accommodation

In this meeting, we discuss recent cases in the accommodation of disabilities, transgender issues, childcare and eldercare.

Meeting 10: October 30 2012 - Aboriginal Issues

In this meeting, we discuss recent cases concerning aboriginal students, staff, faculty and other employees.

Meeting 9: April 27 2012 - Round Up

In this meeting we discuss human rights complaint resolution process, civil actions, the apprehension of bias, establishing Prima Facie racial discrimination as well as workplace violence, harassment and  domestic violence. 

Meeting 8: December 13 2011-Mental Disability

In this meeting, we discuss recent cases involving Bill 168, as well as cases dealing with students, faculty and staff with mental disabilities Staff with mental disabilities Faculty with mental disabilities

Meeting 7: June 2011- Round-up

In this meeting, we discuss freedom of speech,  family status, racial discrimination,  religious accommodation and sexual harassment Investigation

Meeting 6: December 2010 -  Bill 168

In December 2010, the Human Rights Legislation Group met with Dan Langham (Environmental Health and Safety), Adrian Lahey (Human Resources) and Dave Patterson (Campus Security) to discuss the rights and responsibilities of the University and its employees under the recent amendment to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.   Bill 168 amends the Act to include workplace violence, workplace harassment and domestic violence. Click HERE to access the Queen's page on Bill 168.  Diane Kelly then presented four recent cases dealing with employers who failed to protect their employees from workplace violence and harassment and Stephanie Simpson presented a case study involving domestic violence in the workplace.

 

Meeting 5: September 28 2010 -  Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in a University Setting

In September 2010, the Human Rights Legislation Group met with the Sexual Harassment Prevention Coordinator at the Queen's Human Rights Office and the Officer in Charge of the Sexual Assault Unit with the Kingston Police Force. Ms. Coulter presented information on what happens when a member of the University community comes to the Human Rights Office with an issue of sexual assault. Detective Sergeant Bambrick presented information on what happens when a person files a complaint of sexual assault with the Kingston Police Force.

The group was also introduced to a number of legal issues regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault in a University setting.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Assault

Meeting 4: Apr 2010 -  Religious Discrimination and Accommodation

In April 2010, the Human Rights Legislation Group met with community spiritual leaders who presented information on key faith dates.  Units are encouraged to contact the following persons individually should they have questions or concerns about religious-based issues.

Brian Yealland, University Chaplain

Rob Nagus, Director of Queen's Hillel

Bob Lovelace, Professor in Global Studies

Yasin Dwyer, University Imam

The group was also introduced to a number of legal issues regarding religious discrimination and accommodation in a University setting.

Landmark and Recent Decisions (Discrimination)

Landmark and Recent Decisions (Accommodation)

Meeting 3: Nov 2009 -  Accessibility and Accommodation

The AODA requires universities to train all persons who represent them in accessible customer service.  Queen's, in collaboration with the Counsel of Ontario Universities, has a developed a mandatory training module for staff and faculty.

The Ontario Human Rights Code requires Universities to accommodate its employees with disabilities to the point of undue harship and to provide its students with disabilities with the opportunity to succeed.  Plain language guides such as Arbitrator Michael Link's "Disability and the Duty to Accommodate" and the Ontario Human Rights Commission's "Opportunity to Succeed" are now readily available to those wishing to learn more about the issue.  In Nov 2009, the Human Rights Legislation Group met to discuss four accessibility/accommodation issues:

Online Training Module in Customer Service Recent Cases in Accommodation (Employment) Recent Cases in Accommodation (Education)

Meeting 2: March 2009  Workplace Harassment

Increasingly, employers are recognizing the importance of taking steps to prevent and stop harassment and bullying in the workplace.  Plain language guides such as the CCOH's "Bullying in the Workplace" are now readily available to those wishing to learn more about the issue. In March 2009, the Human Rights Legislation Group met to discuss three specific issues related to the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees when faced with a human rights/harassment issue in the workplace:

Workplace Harassment: the Duty to Respond

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