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Alberta Human Rights Act

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Alberta Human Rights Act

The Alberta Human Rights Act (AHR Act) prohibits the discrimination in employment based on protected grounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income and sexual orientation.

This act affirms basic human rights and prohibits discrimination in various contexts in Alberta, and it establishes the Human Rights Commission to hear complaints about violations of these rights.

The Human Rights Commission is an independent commission of the Government of Alberta whose mandate is to foster equality and reduce discrimination. The Commission provides public information and education programs and helps Albertans resolve human rights complaints.

All participants in a field experience need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the AHR Act in their place of work. Although student teachers are not considered to be “employees” of a school jurisdiction, they will need to abide by the AHR Act once they are employed and under contract with the jurisdiction.

Visit the Alberta Alberta Human Rights Act for more information about the Human Rights Commission and for the full version of the act..