Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds award of 60 Thousand Dollars in Moral Damages in Case of a Victim of Sexual Harassment Fired after Making a Complaint
201702.25
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Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds award of 60 Thousand Dollars in Moral Damages in Case of a Victim of Sexual Harassment Fired after Making a Complaint

In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a substantial award of moral damages to an employee subjected to long-term sexual harassment, after she made a formal complaint to her manager. Unfortunately, such behavior from employers continues to persist despite the present anti-discrimination laws, and hopefully cases like these set a trend of…

Employers Can Exclude Days Spent on Maternity Leave for Purposes of Calculating Seniority for Casual Employees, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Says
201611.16
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Employers Can Exclude Days Spent on Maternity Leave for Purposes of Calculating Seniority for Casual Employees, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Says

The seniority system used by an employer is a very important consideration for the employees, as it affects the employees’ pay, and often benefits and other aspects of the employer-employee relationship. In a recent case [1], the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruled that a casual employee’s inability to accrue seniority while on maternity leave…

Government Takes a Stronger Stance on Sexual Harassment
201610.25
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Government Takes a Stronger Stance on Sexual Harassment

As some of the recent cases we talked about on this blog illustrate (link to article about De Anna Granes), in addition to facing long hours, and strenuous working conditions, workers in the service industry can also often face harassing behaviour from their superiors. While some workers are able to obtain damages for injuries to…

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal speaks on what constitutes creed-based belief protected under the Human Rights Code
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Ontario Human Rights Tribunal speaks on what constitutes creed-based belief protected under the Human Rights Code

The Ontario Human Rights Code protects one from discrimination due to both religious and creed-based beliefs. Unfortunately, the Code does not define “creed” and, while courts have interpreted “creed” in a rather broad manner (link to blog about veganism as creed) to also include sincerely-held non-religious beliefs, this remains an uncertain area of law. The…

Employers responsible for protecting their employees from harassment on social media finds an Ontario Labour Arbitrator
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Employers responsible for protecting their employees from harassment on social media finds an Ontario Labour Arbitrator

According to a recent decision by an Ontario labour arbitrator, employers may now be liable for not protecting their employees from harassment on the employer’s social media accounts. In this decision, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) workers’ union filed a grievance regarding the TTC’s social media account created to communicate with the general public, alleging…