Practice Areas Human Rights
Stereotypes, harassment, and unequal pay … despite advances in human rights law, people continue to face issues related to race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and gender. Social media is full of examples of people who are financially and emotionally impacted by unfairness in accessing services, in being rewarded at work and gaining opportunities. Dr. Forsythe’s services as the first Discrimination Ombuds person for a law society in North America gave her tremendous insight into the issues faced by people without a mainstream voice. As Ombudsperson, she responded to over 200 workplace complaints, to assist lawyers and their staff to find resolution. She also advocated for law students with disabilities, when acting as Assistant Dean of Law at the University of Alberta. Her services include mediating, or litigating human rights cases. She has extensive experience designing policies to promote equity and respect for human rights in the workplace. Her diversity awareness and human rights workshops have been well received in many workplaces.