The Alberta Human Rights Act provides protection from discrimination based on grounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income and sexual orientation.

In late 2014, the Alberta Human Rights Commission uploaded several short videos on YouTube as part of its E-Learning initiative. Of particular relevance to Alberta employers are six videos approximately 5 minutes in duration depicting “short stories” of discriminatory behaviour in the workplace. Judging from the number of “hits” these videos have received, it appears that most Alberta employers are unaware of these videos. However, the videos provide classic examples of common forms of discrimination in the workplace and are a valuable learning tool for human resources professionals, including for use in training programs.

The employment related “short story” videos include:

Cathy’s Story – Ground of discrimination: age

Charlie’s Story – Ground of discrimination: religious beliefs and race

Indira’s Story – Ground of discrimination: gender (sexual harassment)

Alice’s Story – Ground of discrimination: physical disability and mental disability

Marnie’s Story – Ground of discrimination: gender

Gina’s Story – Ground of discrimination: gender (pregnancy)

The Alberta Human Rights Commission’s new YouTube page also contains other videos that may be of interest to employers including an Alberta Human Rights Act Overview. It will be interesting to see what other content the Alberta Human Rights Commission implements as part of its E-Learning initiative