Word of the Week | Person


British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk (2017) | [2017] 2 S.C.R. 795 | Supreme Court of Canada


In its ordinary meaning, the term "person" generally refers to a human being. In the context of the Human Rights Code, it also defines the class of actors against whom the prohibition in s. 13(1)(b) applies. The ordinary meaning of "person" is broad; certainly, it encompasses a broader range of actors than merely any person with economic authority over the complainant. Had the legislature intended only to prohibit employment discrimination by employers -- or some other narrow class of individuals -- it could easiliy have done so by using a narrower term than "person".

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