Right to Be Free from Reprisal

Workers have the Right to Be Free from Reprisal for using our Health and Safety rights.

We cannot be fired or punished for using our workplace health and safety rights.


*Please be aware that Alberta has NEW OHS LEGISLATION will be coming into effect in late 2021. We will be updating our resources to reflect these changes when they come into effect.


Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)  Act grants workers “the ability to work without being subject to discriminatory action for exercising a right or fulfilling a duty imposed by this Act, the regulations or the OHS code.”

This means we cannot be fired or disciplined for using our H&S rights, including the Right to Refuse Dangerous Work. If we believe we have been subjected to discriminatory action for using our H&S rights, we can file a Discriminatory Action Complaint.

Discriminatory Action is covered in the Alberta OHS Act under sections 35 and 36. Discriminatory Action Complaints are heard thorough the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

For more information on how Discriminatory Action Complaints work, you can contact the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Contact Centre:

Phone: 780-415-8690 (Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-866-415-8690
TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
TTY: 1-800-232-7215