Areas and Grounds

The Law

Human rights laws in Yukon ensure you enjoy freedom from discrimination based on the following protected areas (situations) and protected grounds (characteristics).

What are protected areas?

The Yukon Human Rights Act offers protection to people in Yukon in the following situations:

  • Employment, and any aspect of employment
  • Receiving goods and services
  • Housing, leasing or renting
  • Membership in or representation by trade unions or professional associations
  • Public Contracts

What are protected grounds?

It’s illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of certain characteristics:

  • Ancestry, including colour and race
  • National origin
  • Ethnic or linguistic background/origin
  • Religion or creed
  • Age
  • Sex, including pregnancy
  • Gender identitity or gender expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Criminal charges or criminal record
  • Political belief, association, or activity
  • Marital or family status
  • Source of income
  • Actual or presumed association with any of the grounds listed above

Areas and grounds go together

To make a complaint you must have been discriminated against under a protected ground and protected area.

For example, you might file a complaint because a landlord refuses to rent to you because you are on social assistance. The area would be Housing, Leasing or Renting and the ground would be Source of Income.

Or, an employer refuses to hire you because you have a disability. The area would be Employment and the ground would be Disability.

More Questions? Don't hesitate call, email or drop by our office. Or, check out our Know Your Rights Pamphlet.

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