Gender Identity Added to Human Rights Act

The P.E.I. Human Rights Act now expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

The act previously prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation. The amendments, made in December 2013, underline that the Act also covers the right of people to choose how they express gender identity.

As a result of the changes, businesses may need to review policies related to such items as dress codes or gender-neutral washrooms.

 New Text for the Human Rights Act

“age, colour, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, family status, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, political belief, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or source of income”

For further information visit online at PEI Human Rights Commission 

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