No easy answers for competing rights cases

Conflicts must be considered on case-by-case basis: Experts
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/10/2014

A male university student asks to be excused from working with female students on a group project, citing religious reasons. The request is met with public outrage, incredulity — and the school administration’s order to accommodate him (an order that went ignored by his professor).

It’s not the first time tensions have flared in the face of a tricky competing rights case — the Ontario Human Rights Commission even developed a policy on competing rights, for just such cases.

But the recent case involving York University in Toronto stirred up a lot of debate about how these cases should be handled — and what should happen when they arise in the workplace.