WeirFoulds Partner and former Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Raj Anand was interviewed by the OHRC as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations on March 29, 2021.
John Schofield of The Lawyer’s Daily reported on the virtual program that featured a variety of visionaries from OHRC’s past and the present.
In his interview, Raj reflected on his time as chief commissioner and spoke about the challenge of advancing human rights with employers in the 1980s.
“One of the main goals I had as chief commissioner,” said Raj, “was to demonstrate the value of the commission in providing employers with the resources to hire and maintain and promote individuals on the basis of their intrinsic worth and qualities, without those people being held back by proxies, such as their race or their gender or their sexual orientation or their disability or any other grounds.
“In other words,” Raj added, “something which is a truism now but not so much then, that good human rights is good business.”
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