This article details the outcome of the case of a woman who suffered repeated workplace harassment and discrimination and her employer's failure to accommodate her reasonable requests for accommodation of both her pregnancy and disability, as defined under the Human Rights Code.
So don’t get me wrong, I love staff picnics and BBQs as much as anyone and think they are a great opportunity for staff to bond outside of their regular departments and duties. In fact as HR it is often both my responsibility and pleasure to help plan these events for my organization! However when you start to think about what can go wrong from an employer responsibility perspective rather than an employee engagement perspective; you begin to wonder if the prospective summer BBQ will balloon into a colossal blunder.
Arbitrator Deborah Leighton has made history in her recent decision on remedy in OPSEU (Ranger) v. Ontario (Ministry of Corrections) 2013 CanLii 50479, which was released this past July 2013 by awarding more than $100,000 in damages for breach of the Ontario Human Rights Code and the applicable collective agreement for discrimination, harassment and poisoned work environment.