Federal Human Rights Award for Sexual Harassment

A Hamilton woman has recovered a damages award for sexual harassment against the Canada Revenue Agency. The complainant had worked for over 30 years as an appeals officer at the CRA Office in Hamilton. It was found that her immediate supervisor had sexually harassed her both at the workplace and on evenings and weekends away […]

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Articling Student Wins Aggravated Damages Award

One would expect that a law firm would be well versed in how to treat its employees fairly and respectfully. Like many cases in employment law, many employers fall short of this standard. When the employer is a law firm, it attracts unnecessary attention to the case, particularly one which has attracted an award of […]

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Employment Insurance & Wrongful Dismissal Claims

Employment insurance benefits present tricky legal issues for employees engaged in litigation for wrongful dismissal. A claim for EI may be made on the termination of employment, and generally, people will make that claim while in litigation over the termination itself. Eligibility will commence after a two week waiting period and will begin after recognition […]

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Promotions and Revisiting the Employment Contract

Employment agreements must be revisited and re-negotiated when an employee has been promoted to a more senior position. This issue is often overlooked by employers. Failure to Revisit Can be Costly This is exactly what happened in a recent decision out of Saskatchewan. The plaintiff had been hired as a staff architect and had signed […]

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