Workplace Investigations

Workplace Investigations There are many circumstances mandating an investigation of workplace issues, including allegations of harassment, discrimination, vandalism, or a safety issue. Employees should be aware that employers are obligated to conduct investigations in certain circumstances, and should understand the basic ins and outs of such investigations. Human Rights In any case alleging a human […]

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Workplace Sexual Harassment

Claims of workplace sexual harassment can allow for very powerful remedies. It is important to understand how such cases may be advanced. In Ontario, there are two human rights tribunals which may have jurisdiction, one being provincial and the second federal. Most businesses are subject to Ontario law. Federal law, which has important differences on […]

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Employee Sues for Hiring of Past Sexual Abuser

Employee Fired Due to Hiring of Past Sexual Abuser The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Colistro vs Tbaytel and the City of Thunder Bay provides an interesting review of the issues of constructive dismissal, sexual harassment and damages for the breach of the obligation of good faith, albeit in a very unusual […]

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Employer Ordered to Pay $60,000 in Moral Damages After Firing Woman Who was Sexually Harassed

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently upheld an award of $60,000 that a lower court granted to an employee for the manner in which she had been dismissed after she made a complaint of sexual harassment. What Happened? The employee in question, Ms. Doyle, had worked for the employer, Zochem Inc. (a manufacturer of zinc […]

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