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A person cannot discriminate or harass you because of your sex. The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibits anyone to: 

  • treat you differently because of your sex
  • make offensive and repeated comments to you related to your sex
  • behave repeatedly in an offensive manner towards you in relation to your sex

For example, you cannot be denied a job or a promotion because you are a woman.

Discrimination and harassment based on sex is different than sexual harassment. To learn more, see our page on sexual harassment.

This video presents the topic of sex in American Sign Language (ASL)  

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

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 female

Nathalie was a security guard at a shopping mall. After a few years, she wanted to transfer to a different location. Her transfer application was denied. The security agency explained to her that their clients did not like having female security guards in banks, and that “in any case, not many women have their firearms licence.” The agency cannot refuse Nathalie’s transfer request on the basis of prejudices about women. This is discrimination on the basis of sex.

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Resources on sex as a prohibited ground