Nova Scotia Enacts Legislation to Prevent Bias in Jobs

The Province of Nova Scotia has enacted legislation to prevent discrimination “in regard to employment and membership in trade unions by reason of race, national origin, color or religion.” It is the fourth Canadian province to adopt fair employment practice legislation, joining Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Enforcement procedures include provision for the levying of fines against those who violate the law. The fines may not exceed $100 in case of individuals, and $500 in the cases of corporations, trade unions, employers’ organizations, and employment agencies. Employers may also be ordered to pay compensation for loss of employment to the employee, and may be ordered to reinstate the employee.

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