Calling Employee “Beautiful” and Telling Her to Smile More Constituted Discrimination Based on Sex, Human Rights Tribunal Rules

In a recent British Columbia case, the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that an employee had been discriminated against based on sex after she was called  “beautiful girl” or “beautiful lady” and told to smile more. Employee Files Discrimination Complaint  The employee applied for a position as a sales associate for the employer in 2016. At the […]

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Confidentiality Clause Does Not Shield Employee from Answering Questions About Employer in Securities Investigation, Court Rules

In employment agreements, a confidentiality clause or agreement is generally used to prohibit an employee from disclosing or profiting from proprietary information related to the employer’s operations. In a recent Ontario decision, the court ruled that an employee could not refuse to answer questions about an employer’s activities in a securities investigation by relying on […]

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Ontario Courts Address Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and CERB Benefits on Wrongful Dismissal Claims

One year after the onset of COVID-19 cases in Canada, court are beginning to hear wrongful dismissal cases filed by employees who were terminated during the pandemic. In two recent Ontario cases, courts considered terminated employees’ arguments that the pandemic entitled them to longer reasonable notice periods due to the difficulty posed by the pandemic […]

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Nursing Home Ordered to Install Plexiglass Barrier to Protect Workers Against COVID-19

In a recent Labour Relations Board decision, the union representing workers at a long-term nursing home sought to have the employer install a plexiglass barrier at the nursing station to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Union Asks for Plexiglass Barriers During COVID-19 Pandemic The union represents workers at a long-term nursing home in Brighton, Ontario. […]

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