Human Rights Violations – Sue or Use Human Rights Tribunal?

Ontario’s law is unique in that it allows a person who has been terminated due to actions which may be in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code to sue civilly or file a human rights complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal. (“HRT”) For example, a person fired due to age or gender or if  […]

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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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Ontario Superior Court Recognizes New Tort of Harassment

New Tort of Harassment The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court in Merrifield v A-G Canada has received much attention in the employment bar as it approved for the first time a tort claim for “harassment”. For reasons which follow, the decision will likely have modest impact on the employment law remedies. Further, given […]

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Former Employee Awarded $24,000 for Discrimination in the Workplace

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) recently awarded $24,200 to a former employee who was subjected to anti-Semitic slurs in the workplace and dismissed in a discriminatory fashion. The Background The employee in question (the applicant) alleged that he was subjected to anti-Semitic slurs, and that his Jewish ancestry and creed were factors in […]

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