Expanded coverage of discrimination

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November 8, 2022

Human rights law helps protect everyone from discriminationBut that doesn't mean all bad behaviour amounts to discrimination. There are specific parts of someone's identity — like race, sexual orientation, and any disability — where the law applies.

Our expanded coverage of discrimination explains the protected characteristics under BC law. And it focusses on some of the more typical circumstances facing British Columbians. Things like: 

Understanding what amounts to discrimination is the starting point. We also walk you through the steps you can take to deal with discrimination. Our pages explain how to write down your story, what you need to show to prove discrimination, and how to raise your concerns with the other party or in other ways.

Should the discrimination persist, we walk you through the process of making a human rights complaint. Learn what kinds of awards you can get in a discrimination claim, how to file your complaint, how to prepare for a hearing, and more.

This website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names have been changed. See our full disclaimer.

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