Under the Alberta Human Rights Act, and employee cannot be discriminated against by their employer based on any of the following: your race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin (where you were born), marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation. Where an employer engages in such discrimination, you may have legal recourse.
Likewise, employers are required to ensure that workers are not subjected to, or participate in, harassment. Harassment refers to any incident, or incidents, of objectionable or unwanted conduct including comments, bullying, or other actions which cause humiliation or negatively affect an employee’s health and/ or safety. Where harassment occurs, it can create a situation that is intolerable at work and can result in a person having to leave. Where this occurs, an employee may have cause for constructive dismissal.