Human Rights in Legal Training, Services & Workplaces HandbookThe Human Rights in Legal Training, Services & Workplace Handbook was prepared for use in the January term diversity workshop for first-year common law students. The materials are intended to provide law students with basic knowledge of the human rights and equality concepts. It is hoped the workshops will assist in raising awareness about discrimination that can arise within the legal profession, clarify law students’ understandings of some of their rights and responsibilities during their legal education and in legal workplaces, and familiarize them with their responsibility to maintain and promote equality.
This handbook covers concepts such as equality, discrimination, the duty to accommodate, and harassment. It also provides a list of members of the faculty and administration whose role is to fulfill requests for accommodations and deal with complaints of discrimination and harassment. In the appendix, you will find pertinent excerpts of the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Rule of Professional Conduct.
We strongly recommend that all students carefully read this document as a step towards a commitment to promoting equality within the legal profession.