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Sexual Orientation

This ground protects all types of sexual orientation, including homosexuality, bisexuality and heterosexuality.

Consider these scenarios:

Scenario 1:

Susan works for an advocacy group for gay, lesbian and bisexual persons. The group wants to print flyers advertising a fundraising event. A local printing company refuses to print the flyers because the owner says he objects to homosexuality.

Scenario 2:

The company Martin works for provides health benefits to the married or common-law spouses of heterosexual employees. Martin and his partner, Gary, have been in a common-law relationship for five years. However, the company refuses to provide Gary with health benefits.

Susan may be experiencing discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation in services and Martin and Gary may be experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation and/or marital status in the area of employment.

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