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Injured Workers in the World of Precarious Work: Mental Health & Discrimina...

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IAVGO Community Legal Clinic

55 University Avenue

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Toronto, ON M5J 2H7

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Seminar Five

Mental health and discrimination
in workers’ compensation

Discrimination against people with mental illness has been a harmful feature of our workers’ compensation system since its inception, and it continues today, both in the legislation and the way it’s applied by the WSIB.


This discrimination most acutely affects workers in precarious employment, because they are the most exposed to the risks for work-related psychological injuries—and because they stand to gain the most, if the WSIB made genuine efforts to compensate and prevent psychological injuries.


In this seminar:

  • We’ll explore how precarious employment exposes workers to risks of psychological injuries, both in the form of workplace harassment, and the psychological burdens of the uncertain hours, last-minute scheduling, changing work locations, long commutes and constant job insecurity.

  • We’ll discuss the long campaign that lead to the expansion to mental stress entitlement in the WSIA in 2018, and the limitations on entitlement for psychological injuries that remain in the legislation

  • We’ll examine the WSIB’s reactionary response to the new legislation, both in setting policy and adjudicating claims, which so far has rendered the legislative change almost entirely ineffective

  • And we’ll talk about how our conception of work-related mental stress need to be transformed if we want to fully acknowledge and compensate psychological injuries in the world of precarious work.

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