Discrimination and Human Rights Lawyers in Victoria, BC

Acheson Lawyers Will Fight For Your Human Rights

While Canada boasts some of the most comprehensive human rights legislation in the world, these protections are meaningless without the ability to enforce them.

If you believe that you are being discriminated against or your human rights are otherwise being infringed, contact Acheson Law today for a free consultation.

Our Expertise

At Acheson Law, our lawyers have the skill, knowledge, and diligence to protect your human rights. We only represent plaintiffs, meaning we never defend those who discriminate against others. Unfortunately, persons who are discriminated against often cannot afford legal services – which is why our lawyers work on a ‘contingency’ basis, meaning we do not require up-front payment and are only compensated if your claim is successful.

Our firm is capable of handling a wide variety of human rights matters, including:

  • Workplace Sexism
  • Discrimination Relating to Gender Identity and/or Sexual Orientation
  • Age Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination Based on Mental or Physical Disability.

The above list is not exhaustive. If you believe your human rights have been violated by anyone – whether it be an employer, a government, or any other party – please contact Acheson Law today.

We’re committed to protecting our client’s rights. If your human rights have been violated, we may be able to help.

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Experienced Employment Discrimination Case Lawyers

The Acheson team has extensive experience defending employee human rights across a growing collection of industries. We understand the increasingly difficult nature of discriminatory cases and are committed to creating tailored solutions for each client’s unique circumstance.  If you believe your human rights have been violated and there is a case to be made, we will help you file a complaint and represent you before the appropriate human rights tribunals and/or courts.

Protecting Human Rights in BC for Over 35 Years

British Columbians enjoy the benefits of both federal and provincial human rights statutes. These include:

  • British Columbia’s Human Rights Code;
  • the Canadian Human Rights Act; and
  • the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”).

These rights are not absolute, however, and important exceptions apply. To find out whether your rights are being unfairly violated, speak with our experienced team of discrimination lawyers at Acheson Law.

Remedies & Solutions Available for Human Rights Violations

If your human rights have been infringed or you have been the victim of discrimination, you may be entitled to compensation. This may include:

  • Compensation for lost wages;
  • Compensation for resulting medical or other costs; and
  • Compensation for injury to dignity, feelings, and self-respect.

Ultimately, your rights to compensation and other remedies depend on the avenue through which you pursue your human rights complaint. While this can be a complicated decision, the lawyers at Acheson Law can assist.

Human Rights and Discrimination FAQs:

How Does the Charter Differ from the Human Rights Code? 

The Charter applies only to the actions of government entities. Accordingly, the rights and freedoms guaranteed within are not enforceable against private entities.

The Human Rights Code applies regardless of whether or not the wrongdoer is a government entity.

Is Discrimination a Human Rights Issue?

Yes, it is. While claims of discrimination are the subject matter of many human rights complaints, human rights are a broader concept. In addition to protecting against discrimination through equality rights, the Charter enshrines democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, language rights, and more.

What Constitutes Discrimination?

Per the Human Rights Code, differential treatment due to Indigenous identity, race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age may constitute discrimination in applicable circumstances.

What is a Fair Settlement for Discrimination?

This depends entirely on the unique circumstances of your claim. In claims brought through the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, there is no mandated cap or limit to the amount of damages which can be awarded. Typically, the total amount of compensation awarded will be associated with the degree of harm suffered by the claimant.

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