Muslim Employees Subjected to Poisoned Work Environment in Popular Toronto Restaurant

In Big Inc. v. Islam, 2015 ONSC 2921, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that a Toronto employer created a poisoned work environment for three of its Muslim employees. Le Papillion on the Park, a popular Toronto restaurant, opened in 2009. Shortly thereafter, the relationship between the […]

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Ontario Court Awards 27 Months’ Notice for Wrongful Dismissal

In the recent decision Markoulakis v SNC-Lavalin Inc., 2015 ONSC 1081 (Ont. Sup. Ct.) [Markoulakis], Justice Andra Pollock summarily awarded a reasonable notice period of 27 months to an Ontario employee who was dismissed without cause. While Canadian courts typically treat 24 months as the upper limit of reasonable notice awards, Justice Pollock held that […]

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Can an Employer’s “Clean Shaven Policy” Constitute Discrimination Based on Sex or Gender Expression?

A recent decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Browne v. Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (2016), 2016 HRTO 62 [Browne], addresses a novel question in Ontario human rights jurisprudence: is a man’s decision to grow a particular type of facial hair capable of being protected under Ontario’s Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19? […]

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New Requirements for Police Record Checks in Ontario

In December 2015, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015. The Act was tabled in response to increasing concerns about the inappropriate and uneven disclosure of personal information during police record checks. Employees and employers should be aware of this new Act, which will soon be coming into force […]

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