Designed to provide students with an in-depth study and analysis of the B.C. Human Rights Code and the Regulations. This is a hands-on course for those who have an interest in exploring the different aspects of our provincial Human Rights legislation in a practical and policy-oriented manner. Taught by lawyers, this course offers students the opportunity to explore real life human rights cases of discrimination on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital and family status, physical or mental disability, sex, including sexual harassment, sexual orientation and age. Although this course addresses all of the areas covered by the legislation, its focus is on the labour and employment context. Therefore, this course will appeal to human resources, management, union representatives, and employees in the different industries.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Successfully identify the different grounds of discrimination as found in Canadian Human Rights legislation.
Be able to understand and apply human rights policy and procedure.
Be familiar with the different sections of the Human Rights Code.
Identify the relevant applicable law to each and every one of the grounds of discrimination.
Know what the duty to accommodate is and fully understand its application.
Understand and develop their own preventive measures in the work place to avoid human rights complains.
Conduct mediation or negotiation sessions on their own in case a human right issue arises in their particular employment/labour context.
Be able to determine whether or not a human rights complaint has merit and distinguish it from other types of civil wrongs, which are not human rights related.
Identify what is needed in terms of evidence to make or defeat a human rights complaint.
In general, familiarize through lectures, readings, audiovisual aids, and practice with the British Columbia Human Rights law and incidentally, the Federal Canadian Human Rights Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.