No. To be discrimination, the hate, racism, harassment, or bullying must:
- be based on one or more protected grounds,
- occur in a protected area (such as employment, housing, or goods and services), and
- lead to a negative effect.
For example, discrimination occurs if someone is refused a job, promotion, or training opportunity because of their religious beliefs or any other protected ground.
Section 3 of the Act also covers statements, publications, notices, signs, symbols, emblems, or other representations that indicate discrimination or an intention to discriminate again a person or class of person or are likely to expose a person or class of persons to hatred or contempt because of any of the protected grounds. Read the Section 3 page to learn more about this area.
The Commission can only deal with hate or racism that is protected under the Act. Some examples include:
- If someone at work says hateful things to you because you have different political views, this is not discrimination under the Act.
- If your neighbour makes a racist and hurtful comment towards you, this is not discrimination under the Act because conversations between neighbours are not protected.
- If someone at work harasses you because you have different political views, this is not discrimination under the Act, as political views are not a protected ground.
- If someone publicly distributes a flyer that has hateful comments about a particular group.
Hate, racism, harassment, and bullying are not acceptable, even if the Act does not cover it.