Does an employer have power over personal views?

Unless an employee’s personal views conflict with the job they were hired to do, an employer should have no reason to ask the individual to stifle their perspectives – even if they are controversial, says Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s move to create a “pro-choice” edict for candidates has sparked discussions on personal views in the workplace.

Trudeau has said prospective candidates must agree to vote in favour of a woman’s right to choose whenever such issues arise in the House of Commons, claiming that this policy ensures rights protected in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms remain intact. According to Marshall, however, Trudeau’s edict is strictly a political choice that has nothing to do with protecting Charter rights.

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