Policy on Resolving Competing Human Rights
All employees have a right to be free from discrimination and an entitlement to reasonable accommodations for their disabilities, religious needs, family needs, etc. But sometimes those rights may come into direct conflict, e.g., where Employee A’s guide dog triggers Employee’s B allergies. Employee A needs to be able to bring the guide dog to work to perform his job; but Employee B has an equally valid right to expect his employer not to unnecessarily expose him to conditions that aggravate his disability, i.e., the allergy. That’s why you need to have a Policy in place to resolve these conflicts. Here’s a Policy you can adapt. While based on guidance from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Policy’s principles apply equally in all parts of Canada.