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Employment Rights

Federal and provincial laws protect workers and employers by setting minimum wage levels, health and safety standards, and hours of work. They provide for maternity leave, annual paid vacation and protection of children who maybe in the work force. There are also human rights laws that protect employees from unfair treatment by employers based on gender, age, race, religion or disability. Request a copy of "Foreign Workers' Guide to Employment in Yukon: Rights and Responsibilities" from MCY.

For information on the Yukon Employment Standards Act contact:

Labour Services
307 Black Street
Whitehorse, Yukon
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
Phone: +1 867 667 5944 or +1 800 661 0408 local 5944 (Toll Free in Yukon)

There are laws to protect workers from discrimination. For example, an employer must hire employees on the basis of their qualifications. It is also discrimination if you are refused a job because of your age, gender, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.

If you feel you have been a victim of discrimination, contact the Yukon Human Rights Commission:

101 - 9010 Quartz Road
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2Z5
Telephone: +1 867 667 6226 - +1 800 661 0535

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