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Stigma and Discrimination


According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, stigma (or prejudice) “describes a negative and unfavourable attitude. Discrimination involves treating someone differently because of a disability or another protected ground.”

Stigma against people living with episodic disabilities can result in unfair treatment in the workplace or inadequate access to employment and employment-related supports.

Not being hired, losing a job, being paid less, or not getting a promotion or some other work benefit because of your disability are all examples of discrimination.

If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace from either your employer or your co-workers, contact your provincial/territorial human rights agency to determine what the best course of action is and the next steps you should take. You may want to get additional support from your local disability organization or someone who supports you with challenging situations.


Q - What should I do if I experience discrimination in the workplace?

A - If you feel that you have been treated differently because of your disability contact your local human rights agency to find out your rights and to discuss your options.

Important Tips:

  • Document the event(s)
  • Save any letters or paperwork provided to you by your organization
  • Consult with an employment professional or lawyer before making any specific decisions regarding your job (for example, leaving your position)


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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component.

Realize (formerly CWGHR) also acknowledges the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada