Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Welcome to the Human Rights Legal Support Centre

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code. Our services may include legal assistance in filing applications at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and legal representation at mediations and hearings.

2014 Campaign: Stop Police Carding: the Centre is working with community-based organizations and the Law Union of Ontario to meet with community members who believe they have been stopped unfairly by the police on the basis of their race.  The Centre and the Law Union will provide legal assistance in applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.   

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What’s New at the Centre

Human Rights Story: settlement reached with Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to protect transgender inmates – integration not segregation.

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Human Rights Story: City of Mississauga paves smoother road for congregants. A settlement has been reached between the City of Mississauga and congregants at the ISNA mosque in Toronto to revise parking restrictions on Fridays on the street adjacent to the mosque.

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Human Rights Story: Improved accessibility for jurors with disabilities. Carol Mehlenbacher’s attempt to participate in the jury selection process led to a sweeping review of practices and procedures to provide barrier-free access in courtrooms across Ontario.

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Tribunal decision: Emra v. Impression Bridal Inc., 2014 HRTO 1736. Kujtim Emra was fired from his accounting job after a brief disability-related absence.  The Tribunal found “compelling evidence” and awarded Mr. Emra $25,000 for the discrimination and over $30,000 in lost wages.

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