The Charter and the Law of Work: A Beginner's Guide

19 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2012

Date Written: September 21, 2012


This essay explains how the Supreme Court of Canada has interpreted and applied the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the law of work. It is intended as an introduction to this complex legal field for an audience unfamiliar with the Charter. Beginning with an overview of the Charter review process, the paper then examines the Court’s application to work law of Section 2(d) freedom of association, Section 2(b) freedom of expression, and Section 15 equality rights. The paper is an updated version describing the law as of summer 2012.

Keywords: Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Labour Law, Employment Law, Legal Education, Collective Bargaining, Equality, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression

JEL Classification: J51, J52, J53, J58, J7, K31, K30

Suggested Citation

Doorey, David J., The Charter and the Law of Work: A Beginner's Guide (September 21, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

David J. Doorey (Contact Author)

York University ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3


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