Legislation: What governs employment equity and human rights in Nova Scotia?
The federal and provincial human rights acts make it illegal for entities to discriminate in Nova Scotia based on specified protected characteristics, including age, race, religion, ethnic or Aboriginal origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and physical and mental disability.
Under these acts, lawyers and legal services organizations are responsible for providing a workplace and services free of both discrimination and harassment.
The Employment Equity Act, SC 1995, c 44 mandates actions on the part of private sector employers and public sector employers with more than 100 employees to ensure proportional representation of “women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities”.
The human rights acts also have jurisdiction to ensure employment equity for small businesses.