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Supreme Court extends protection against employment-related discrimination

Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 12:26 PM | By Christopher Guly

The Supreme Court has broadened protection from discrimination in the workplace beyond harassment perpetrated by a supervisor to include co-workers, even if they have different employers. In British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk 2017 SCC 62, the court held that B.C.’s Human Rights Code (Code) “prohibits discrimination against employees whenever that discrimination has a sufficient nexus with the employment context.”

Justice Malcolm Rowe wrote the majority decision on behalf of Justices Michael Moldaver, Andromache Karakatsanis, Clément Gascon and new Chief Justice Richard Wagner.

To determine whether there...