Teenage Intern Awarded $75,000 for Sexual Harassment

A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has awarded a teenager employed as an unpaid intern at a tattoo parlour the sum of $75,000 in compensatory damages for sexual harassment. The owner of the business had pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the same conduct. The only issue was the amount of […]

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Employer Liability for Workplace Human Rights Violations

The General Rule Ontario’s Human Rights Code makes the employer liable for workplace human rights abuse for most of the human rights protected by the legislation[1]. The dramatic exception is sexual harassment. The Exceptions to the Exception Who is in Charge This being said, the employer may still be responsible for a sexual harassment case […]

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Human Rights Tribunal Again Sets New Law

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal once again has released a decision with dramatic impact.[1] Policy of Citizenship The background to the case involved a policy of the employer which required that all new hires be eligible to work in Canada on a permanent basis. The candidates for hire must thus be either Canadian citizens or […]

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Human Rights Violation

A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal is reflective of the remedy available to an employee who has been treated adversely due to a human rights violation.[1] Background The applicant had been hired as a production technology specialist with a manufacturer of wind turbines. She was soon promoted to a management position on […]

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