What is Employment Equity

What is Employment Equity?

Employment equity refers to the law as defined in the Employment Equity Act in Canada that requires employers to have employment practices that increase the representation of four designated groups: women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and visible minorities. In recent years, this concept has been expanded in practice to include fair treatment in employment of anyone regardless of gender, ability, race, language, sexual orientation, or other differentiating factor. Increasingly, matters of bullying and harassment have also fallen under the purview of employment equity. Equity means fair treatment for all and the elimination of discrimination in the workplace.

Furthermore, the Act requires that employers remove barriers to employment that disadvantage members of the four designated groups. Such barriers include wheelchair inaccessible buildings, or practices that disadvantage certain people, such as late afternoon class schedules that interfere with child care arrangements for a single parent.

Employers are required to make reasonable accommodation to create inclusive working envrionments for everyone.