Am I in the Right Place?
Before filing a complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, please ask yourself the following questions:
- Did I experience discrimination or harassment based on one of the following protected grounds?
- Age (18 or more)
- Religion or religious creed
- Family status
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Race or perceived race
- Place of origin
- Receipt of public assistance
- Gender identity
If you have been treated negatively, but it is not connected to one of these protected grounds, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission cannot accept your complaint.
- Did the incident occur in one of the following “public” areas?
- A place where you receive goods or services, or use facilities (schools, stores, restaurants, hospitals, etc.)
- Professional trade associations
- Purchase of property
- Trade Unions
It is important note that private relationships DO NOT fall under the protection of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, 2018. In order for your complaint to fall under the Code, you must answer yes to both of the questions above. A human rights complaint must include one of the grounds protected by the Code AND must occur in one of the designated “public” areas.
If you answered YES to both questions, you may have reasonable grounds for filing a human rights complaint.
Before continuing with your complaint, however, please review the information below:
- Did the incident occur within the last 12 months?
A complaint must be made to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission within one year after the alleged incident of discrimination. In exceptional cases, the Commission may accept a complaint after the one-year period if, in the Chief Commissioner’s opinion, it is appropriate in the circumstances to do so.
- Did the circumstances occur within Saskatchewan?
If your complaint about being discriminated against happened during employment as a federal employee or while receiving services from a federal public office or a federally regulated private company such as a:
Federal Crown corporation
Airport or airline
Ship or navigation
TV or radio station
Phone or Internet provider
Transportation company (ferry, train, truck, or bus)
Your complaint is within the jurisdiction of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
If your complaint falls under the jurisdiction of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, and if all the abovementioned conditions are met (it is linked to a protected ground, it occurred in a public area, and it happened within the past 12 months), you may have a human rights complaint.
- I have been fired without cause and I need help getting my job back. What should I do?
If you believe your firing can be linked to one of the protected grounds listed above, you may have a human rights complaint.
If, however, your termination of employment is NOT linked to one of the protected grounds, it does not fall under the Code. In this case, you may seek assistance from: Employment Standards, your union, or a lawyer.
- I have been harassed at work. Where do I file a complaint?
If the incident is linked to a protected ground, you may have a human rights complaint.
If the incident cannot be linked to a protected ground, contact Occupational Health and Safety.
- I have been mistreated by police and wish to file a complaint about police conduct. What can I do?
Most complaints about police conduct should be sent to the Public Complaints Commission.
- I have been mistreated by the Government of Saskatchewan or a municipal government within the province. Can I file a human rights complaint?
If the alleged mistreatment can be linked to one of the protected grounds listed above, you may have a human rights complaint.
If it cannot be linked to a prohibited ground, you may be able to file a complaint with Ombudsman Saskatchewan.