British Columbia adopts its Human Rights Act
British Columbia consolidates its various human rights laws into one
Code - the Human Rights Act. The Act sets up a Commission
to ensure that the law is complied with.
Too much of a good thing?
In a 1976 ruling in the case of Borho v. Atco Lumber Company, a Board
of Inquiry will rule that the company has discriminated against a female
job applicant because it made the ability to drive a forklift a requirement
for the job. Of course, the company will be seeking a forklift operator,
and the applicant won't be able to drive one. The Board will find that
by failing to advise the applicant that the ability to drive a forklift
was a requirement of a being a forklift driver, it hampered her ability
to compete against men who already had that skill.
Many find the Board's ruling lacks a sense of reality.
Already on board
Nova Scotia (1963)
New Brunswick (1967)
Prince Edward Island (1968)
The Birth of Human Rights Codes
Want to know more?
B.C. Human Rights Act S.B.C. 1969 c.10