Human Rights

Human Rights has been referred to as the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled. The history of human rights covers thousands of years and draws upon religious, cultural, philosophical and legal developments throughout recorded history.

As a business person your success and reputation demands that you actively and effectively address issues of human rights in your workplace. As this area of  law continues to evolve, the issues become more complex, challenging and costly.

Should your organization need to defend itself against complaints of harassment or discrimination, or proactively develop corporate policies, provide educational training for managers and employees, etc, we can assist. Our lawyers provide practical and effective advice about human rights and discrimination to businesses, educational institutions, professional regulatory bodies, and other organizations. Our lawyers can advise you on policy and represent you before human rights tribunals, arbitration tribunals, as well as provincial and federal tribunals. We also have experience in resolving human rights problems with progressive dispute resolution techniques and creative strategies.

Through our Meritas affiliation ( we can assist you in developing and implementing policies across Canada.

Boughton lawyers assist clients in all areas of human rights law, including:

  • Advising professional regulatory bodies on professional regulation and discipline, including admission criteria, admission of foreign trained professionals, and human rights complaints;
  • Developing and implementing human rights policies, with related training;
  • Developing proactive corporate policies and procedures, including conflict audits, to prevent human rights problems and effectively resolve human rights complaints;
  • Developing plans to “accommodate” employees in the workplace;
  • Training managers and employees with respect to discrimination, harassment and their obligations under the law;
  • Providing comprehensive and timely audits, investigations and inquiries, as trouble-shooters, fact finders, and ombudspersons;
  • Preparing responses to complaints; and
  • Representing clients during human rights investigations and before human rights tribunals.