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Civil status 

 
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It's your family status. It includes several situations, including being single, married, divorced or in a common-law relationship and whether or not you have children.
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A person cannot discriminate or harass you because of your civil status. The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibits anyone to:

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

For example, you cannot be denied a hotel room because you are not legally married.

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You believe you have been a victim of discrimination or harassment based on your civil status?

La Commission peut vous aider à reconnaître la discrimination ou le harcèlement et
à agir pour prévenir ou faire cesser un comportement discriminatoire.

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Discriminated against at work because they're married...

Eric and Rosanne are married and both work for the same company. After a dispute with his supervisor, Eric resigned. During the next few days, Rosanne’s work was monitored more than usual, despite the fact that she had worked there for 10 years and that her evaluations had always been excellent. Fed up with this situation, Rosanne asked the general manager to correct the situation. The latter told her that Eric’s resignation had complicated the situation, and he fired her.

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Discriminated against when searching housing

Fatou made an appointment by phone with a landlord to visit an apartment for rent. She went to the apartment the same afternoon with her baby, but the landlord did not let her visit the apartment, telling her that it was already rented. Yet, the “For rent” sign was still on display.

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Did you know?

In Québec, same-sex couples have had the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples since 1999.

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Learn more...

Find all our publications, training and other resources available on this ground.

 

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