Raj Dhir is the Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He was previously A/Portfolio Director with MAG Civil Law Division, where he was responsible for coordinating legal advice for the government across ten different Legal Services Branches and leading the development of an Anti-Racism Action Plan. He also served as the Legal Director at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and as Deputy Director in roles at the Ministry of the Attorney General (Crown Law Office – Civil and the Constitutional Law Branch) and the Ministry of Labour (Litigation and Solicitor Practices).
Mr. Dhir also spent more than 11 years as counsel at the Ontario Human Rights Commission where he litigated and advised on a variety of human rights matters and appeared before administrative tribunals and at all levels of court up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. As counsel, he appeared on several high profile cases such as Multani v. Commission Scholaire Marguerite Bourgeoys, which dealt with the right of a Khalsa Sikh student to wear his kirpan at school; Nassiah v. Peel Regional Police Services, the first HRTO case to find discrimination with respect to racial profiling in policing; ADGA Group Consultants v. Lane, a case which dealt with mental health discrimination in employment; Ontario Human Rights Commission v. Christian Horizons, which looked at competing rights; Omoruyi-Odin v. TDSB, a systemic racial employment discrimination case which examined the underrepresentation of African Canadian teachers at all levels of the Secondary School System; the Commission initiated complaint against the Ministry of Education and the TDSB on the application of the Safe Schools Act; and the initial Jahn v. Ontario application which addresses the circumstances of prisoners with mental health disabilities who are being placed in segregation.
Mr. Dhir has a B.Sc. from McGill University, an LL.B from the University of Windsor, a J.D. from the University of Detroit, and an LLM from York University (Osgoode Hall Law School). He was also one of the founding members of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario.
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