OHRC gets tough on employer accommodation of people with disabilities

Companies will have to file a report about the accessibility of their facilities, and put a plan in place to upgrade

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is cracking down on discrimination against the disabled, particularly in the workplace.

Chief commissioner Keith Norton made the statement at the unveiling of a new policy. (The complete policy is available on the OHRC's Web site: www.ohrc.on.ca.)

He said the commission won’t wait for complaints, but will be proactive in uncovering cases of discrimination.

Employers will be asked to report on the accessibility of their facilities and prepare a plan to make them more accessible if necessary. If they don’t, the OHRC could launch a complaint against the company.

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