Human rights

Filed Under: Human Rights Law

In Canada, a series of legal codes prohibiting discrimination (for example, with respect to one's religion or sexual orientation) by people or institutions who provide service to the public, or who employ others. Though not part of the Constitution of Canada, the various human rights codes have been recognized as reflecting fundamental values of Canadian society. Unlike the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which applies only to the relationship between the state and individual, human rights codes must be obeyed by both government and private individuals/corporations. Violations of human rights codes are subject to a variety of remedies, including damages.

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