September 29, 2021

Human Rights and Accommodations Training

Questions that our counsel, Cherie Langlois-Klassen will address in the session:

  1. What counts as discrimination in Alberta and what doesn’t? 
  2. What is the extent of the University’s obligations toward me if I need an accommodation at work? 
  3. How much information do I need to provide to trigger an obligation under human rights legislation?
  4. What are the likely penalties if the University doesn’t respond appropriately to an allegation of discrimination or a request for accommodation?
  5. In the age of Covid-19, is it discriminatory to terminate my employment if I am not vaccinated? 
  6. Does the need for a stress leave count as a matter the University needs to accommodate? 
  7. What about difficult diagnoses, like chronic pain, or PTSD? What happens if someone accuses me of harassment? 

Check your email for zoom details.

Bio – Cherie Klassen (Langlois-Klassen)

In January 2021, Cherie returned to private practice and joined the partnership of Blair Chahley Klassen Lawyers. In past incarnations, Cherie practiced at a union-side boutique firm; served as Political Action Coordinator for Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL), and as the Executive Director of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC). She spent well over a decade representing unions and their members, including the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) in negotiations, labour disputes, and at arbitration. She also has extensive professional conduct representation experience. More recently, she was the Director, Negotiations, at the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and the Director, Labour Relations, at the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). Cherie has published a number of academic publications and conference papers in the fields of health and labour law. In February 2017, she was appointed as a Clinical Associate (Academic Colleague) with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Cherie has also recently served as a member of the Alberta Human Rights Commission (Tribunal) and as a Vice-Chair of Alberta’s Mental Health Review Panel. She has a special interest in substance disorders and mental health issues in occupational settings.

Cherie received a BSc. (Pharmacology) degree in 1995, MSc. (Pharmacology) degree in 1999, and an LL.B. in 2006, all from the University of Alberta. Cherie was called to the Alberta Bar in 2007. She graduated from the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and holds the designation of Certified In-house Counsel of Canada (CIC.C). She is also credentialed for the national designation of Qualified Arbitrator.

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