Discrimination or harassment in the workplace based on gender, race, national origin, disability or sexual orientation is in obvious contravention of the Code of Ethics and is illegal in Canada.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees Canadian citizens certain political and civil rights and can be viewed at the Department of Justice Canada web site.
In the context of fairness and equity, Clause 7 of the Charter states: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice."
Further, Clause 15 states: "Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability."
The significance of the Charter for Technology Professionals is that all contracts, collective agreements, workplace practices and related manuals are assumed to be in compliance with provincial rights legislation which is in turn consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.