FAQ: Is my complaint a human rights complaint?

Human Rights recognize the dignity and worth of everyone, and upholds the freedom and equality of each person. They apply to all individuals.

Complaints fall under the human rights category when you believe that you are being treated differently based because you share characteristics of one or more prohibited grounds under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act.

Prohibited ground It is against the law to discriminate in employment against the following protected identities under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. They include:

  • age
  • race
  • colour
  • religion
  • creed
  • sex (including pregnancy, sexual harassment, etc)
  •  sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • gender expression
  • physical disability or mental disability
  • irrational fear of contracting an illness or disease
  • ethnic, national or aboriginal origin
  • family status
  • marital status
  • source of income
  • political belief
  • affiliation or activity


Conduct may also be considered discriminatory if you are being treated differently because you associate with members of one of the protected groups.