The Equity Ombudsperson: here to help
Law firms have a duty to foster a professional work environment that promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. When firms do not live up to that duty, there can be serious consequences for everyone.
To help stop workplace discrimination and encourage equitable workplace practices, the Law Society offers BC law firms the services of an Equity Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson, Anne Bhanu Chopra, confidentially assists anyone who works in a firm in resolving concerns over possible discrimination, and assists law firms in preventing discrimination and promoting a healthy work environment.
The Equity Ombudsperson is independent of the Law Society and reports only anonymous statistical data to the Society. Law firm staff, law students, articled students, lawyers, human resource administrators and managing partners in law firms are all welcome to contact the Equity Ombudsperson.
Chopra can be reached on her confidential, dedicated telephone line at 604-687-2344 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What the Ombudsperson can offer your law firm:
- advice and strategies to meet your obligations under the Human Rights Act and the Professional Conduct Handbook;
- educational seminars for members of your firm;
- confidential discussion of a particular problem, if you are worried about an incident and want to know about your options and the impact on the firm;
- training to conduct bias-free interviews;
- strategies for creating a positive law firm culture that is recognized, appreciated and sought after;
- strategies to rejuvenate your workplace and increase productivity.