Category: Workplace Harassment

Are You Entitled to Damages if You are Harassed at Work?

By , March 17, 2017 10:22 am

The short answer is in some cases yes. Damages under the Ontario Human Rights Code You can obtain damages if you have been harassed because of your race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status or disability, or because Continue Reading…

Can You Get Damages For Being Harassed at Work?

By , March 7, 2017 5:00 pm

Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act outlaws workplace harassment but an employee cannot collect damages for being harassed at work under this law. In a recent case, an Ontario judge awarded an employee damages for being harassed. The tort of harassment has been recognized in Ontario but to my knowledge this is the first time Continue Reading…

Why Asking Your Employee to go Clubbing Could Cost You

By , January 26, 2017 10:33 am

I hope by now you know that sexual harassment at work is against the law. If not, please see here and here. Despite this, sexual harassment is still pervasive in our workplaces. Where managers and employers often get themselves into trouble is the area of sexual solicitation. The Human Rights Code informs us that employees Continue Reading…

Will the WSIB Finally Allow Mental Stress Claims? 

By , December 12, 2016 12:46 pm

Many employees who are injured or become ill because of their job may claim for benefits from the Worker’s Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). If the claim is successful, WSIB benefits may include compensation for lost earnings, future economic loss, or health care benefits. While mental health issues are becoming more prevalent, it continues to Continue Reading…

When Rights Conflict: Religious Belief vs. Equality

By , November 1, 2016 12:22 pm

The Toronto Star recently reported that a Toronto Police Service Chaplin stated online that “a woman should be ‘obedient’ to her husband at all times and must not refrain from intimacy without a ‘valid excuse.’” Once again, it appears that religious rights and women’s rights are in conflict in Ontario. The Law Ontarians are protected by the Continue Reading…

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