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This may include your religion or beliefs, as well as not having a religion.

A person cannot discriminate or harass you because of your religion. No one may impose their religious beliefs on others. The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibits anyone to: 

  • treat you differently because of your religion 
  • make offensive and repeated comments to you related to your religion
  • behave repeatedly in an offensive manner towards you in relation to your religion
However, it should be noted that religious organizations may have the right to prefer hiring a candidate because of his or her religion.
This video presents the topic of religion in American Sign Language (ASL)

Do you believe you are being discriminated against or harassed because of your religion?

The Commission can help you recognize discrimination or harassment and take action to prevent or stop discriminatory behaviour.

Discrimination Harassment Defending your rights

Discrimination for being Muslim

Fatima asked her employer for a day off so she could celebrate a Muslim holiday with her family. Her employer refused. He said he was worried that all his employees would start claiming that they needed time off for religious holidays. If Fatima’s absence from work that day does not cause undue hardship to the company, her employer cannot refuse her the time off. This is discrimination on the basis of religion.

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Discrimination for wearing a turban

Harinder is Sikh and wears a turban. He just started a job with a large fast food chain. His supervisor insisted that he remove his turban so he could wear the visor that is part of the chain’s uniform. If wearing a turban does not prevent Harinder from performing his duties, his supervisor cannot force him to remove it. This is discrimination on the basis of religion.

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Resources on religion