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University of Calgary
Law and Society
LWSO 203
Marywyatt Sindlinger

Human Rights 4/8/2013 8:59:00 AM -Human beings deserve respect and dignity -everyone deserves the same respect and the “leveling of the playing field” -universal human dignity and treatment -rooted in NLT Until 1700’s: -hierarchical societies -democracy only for certain people categorical imperative: we ought never to treat other people as an means to an end but rather as an end in and of themselves. John Locke: -equal freedom -equality -“Declaration de les hommes et la citoyen” -French Revolution American revolution: -declaration -equality for the rich and white WWII: -Holocaust -UN Declaration of Human Rights >legal protection of human rights >Canadian Bill of Rights Alberta Human Rights Code: CCRF only applies to gov’t AHRC takes principles of CCRF and applies them to private sector of life -recognition of inherent dignity, equal and inalienable rights of all people. -all persons are equal in AB no matter what -multiculturalism deserves protection Sec 6:Equal pay for everyone (right now: 77 cents per $ f/m) Sec 7: you can’t refuse employment to anyone for discriminatory reasons Physical disability: birth defect, illness or accident e.g. epilepsy, heart conditions, severe allergies, crohn’s, addictions (alcohol & drugs) etc. Mental disabilities: any mental or learning disorder regardless of the cause e.g. dyslexia, schizophrenia, depression -These disabilities are protected from discrimination Infringement on rights: Employee must prove: a. that you have the protected ground b. that you were improperly treated or adversely affected c. that you were mistreated due to the protected ground If the emplo
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