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Category: Sexual Harrassment

Employer ordered to pay An Employee $ 100 000 for committing the Tort of Harassment

By , March 13, 2017 9:41 am

On a number of occasions I have written about the new types of damages that judges are awarding terminated employees. This blog discusses a case where a trial judge awarded an employee $ 100 000 general damages because the employer committed, among other things, the tort of harassment. Merrifield v The Attorney General There are Continue Reading…

Damages for Reprisal under Occupational Health and Safety Act

By , January 20, 2017 2:25 pm

It should be common knowledge that changes were made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“the OHSA”) that have been in effect since September 8, 2016 (and if it’s not common knowledge, you haven’t been reading our previous blogs on the subject). One of these changes allows employees who have been sexually harassed at Continue Reading…

Wrongful Dismissal Update: The Number of Damage Claims Being Awarded By Trial Judges are Going Up

By , January 17, 2017 8:45 am

Once upon a time, employees did not sign employment contracts with termination clauses and employment lawyers fought over the appropriate “reasonable” notice period.  In 2017, employees now often claim, among other things, wrongful dismissal damages, human rights damages, moral or Wallace damages, punitive damages, and damages for the intentional infliction of mental stress. By way Continue Reading…

The Number of Workplace Investigations are Skyrocketing: Here’s Why

By , November 22, 2016 9:24 am

There are different types of workplace investigations and the number of workplace investigations is skyrocketing. This blog discusses four scenarios where workplace investigations are required or recommended. To reduce legal exposure and save costs, I believe most employers should acquire the internal expertise to conduct workplace investigations Workplace Harassment Complaints Under the Ontario Health & Continue Reading…

New Law Requires Employers to Investigate Sexual Harassment Complaints. Has Your Organization Complied with This Law?

By , March 22, 2016 9:39 am

By September 8, 2016 – less than 6 months from now – Ontario employers must comply with Schedule 4 of the recently proclaimed Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015, which imposes new requirements on how employers deal with sexual harassment complaints. Schedule 4, among other things, Continue Reading…

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