Federal Human Rights Award for Sexual Harassment

A Hamilton woman has recovered a damages award for sexual harassment against the Canada Revenue Agency. The complainant had worked for over 30 years as an appeals officer at the CRA Office in Hamilton. It was found that her immediate supervisor had sexually harassed her both at the workplace and on evenings and weekends away […]

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Obesity as Grounds for a Human Rights Complaint

Ontario law protects individuals against adverse action due to a medical disability. The first issue with respect to this question of obesity is whether the person has a medical problem which has caused the condition of obesity. Ontario law requires this as a first step to substantiate a claim as the statute requires this. The […]

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Sexual Harassment Claims and new Workers’ Compensation Law

Sexual Harassment & Workers’ Compensation The pending amendments to Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation Act, to be effective January 1, 2018 basically lowers the threshold for a claim based on emotional trauma where the worker has suffered “chronic or traumatic mental stress” arising out of and in the course of employment. This new law may have a […]

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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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