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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Former HR Director sues CBC, alleging wrongful dismissal & conspiracy to terminate

Serena Thadani-Anthony, former Executive Director of HR at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), has filed a wrongful dismissal claim against her ex-employer. This is one of four pending wrongful dismissal cases involving the CBC and reveals serious conflict and infighting at the corporation in the months following the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. The Claim Thadani-Anthony served as […]

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Ont Court of Appeal Clarifies Position on Bonuses After Termination

In Paquette v. TeraGo Networks Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal recently offered clarification on the issue of bonuses/bonus payments during a reasonable notice period following termination. The Facts At the time of his dismissal, Trevor Paquette had worked for TeraGo Networks Inc. in Alberta for approximately 14 years.  He was 49 years old, and […]

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