Summary Judgment Appropriate in Wrongful-Dismissal Cases

In the recent decision in Aylsworth v The Law Office of Harvey Storm, 2016 ONSC 3938, the Ontario Divisional Court dismissed the employer’s appeal of a summary judgment motion, siding with a legal assistant in a wrongful dismissal action. This decision highlights the importance and appropriateness of summary judgments in cases where the facts are […]

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Family Status Human Rights Violations in the Workplace

In the recent case of Miraka v ACD Wholesale Meats Ltd., 2016 HRTO 41, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal confirmed that ‘family status’ is a protected ground under the Human Rights Code. The applicant, Jolando Miraka, alleged that his employer terminated his employment because of his family status- and disability-related absences from work. Mr. Miraka […]

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Duty to Investigate Workplace Harassment

In Zambito v LIUNA Local 183, 2015 HRTO 605, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario considered whether an employer met its obligations under the Human Rights Code to investigate and respond to an employee complaint that he had been harassed at work. Giovanni Zambito was a union organizer for the respondents, LIUNA Local 183. Mr. […]

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Employees Must Give Reasonable Notice of Resignation

Although there is no legislated requirement for an employee in Ontario to reasonable notice of the termination of employment to one’s employer, it is a well-established principle of common law. The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court in Gagnon & Associates Inc et al v Jesso et al, 2016 ONSC 209, serves as a […]

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