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Category: Sexual Harrassment

Doug’s Top 10 Employment Law Stories of 2018

By , December 27, 2018 9:36 am

In 2018 there were many new developments in the employment law world. Here are my top 10 stories of the year: 1. Bill 148 Bit the Dust Ontario’s Employment Standards Act received its last major update in 2000. During the last three years, the Liberal provincial government consulted widely and introduced comprehensive changes to this Continue Reading…

Workplace Investigations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

By , December 11, 2018 10:17 am

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) imposes several obligations on employers to investigate complaints of workplace harassment.   When there is an incident or complaint of workplace harassment, OHSA requires the employer to conduct an investigation that is appropriate in the circumstances. An employer has a legal obligation to make the workplace safe so Continue Reading…

Not Preventing Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Workplace is Now More Expensive

By , June 22, 2018 11:16 am

On average, damages awarded to an employee for a breach of the Human Rights Code, remain relatively low, typically $10,000 to $15,000. However, the HRTO recently released two significant decisions that reflect a willingness to award higher amounts. Both decisions involve sexual assault and sexual harassment against women in vulnerable circumstances. In both cases, the Continue Reading…

Supreme Court: Increased Potential Liability for Harassment

By , February 9, 2018 12:35 pm

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a significant decision expanding the nature of possible harassment and discrimination claims.   The Case In British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62, Mohammadreza Sheikhzadeh-Mashgoul worked as a civil engineer consultant on a job site where he supervised workers who were not employed by his engineering firm. Continue Reading…

Patrick Brown: Could the Alleged Sexual Harassment/Assaults Have Been Prevented?

By , January 25, 2018 5:04 pm

Yesterday, CTV reported that two women alleged Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown sexually harassed and/or sexually assaulted them. Shortly after the story broke Mr. Brown resigned as party leader. I don’t think Mr. Brown will deny he met either women. Instead I think he will claim that whatever happened was consensual.  In other words, classic Continue Reading…

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