Williams HR Law LLP

Can an Employer Suspend an Employee Who is Accused of Workplace Harassment?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3445″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]In the era of #metoo and #timesup, workplace harassment has become a hot-button issue for employers. Employees are increasingly becoming aware of their right to be free from harassment and other inappropriate behaviours in the workplace,

FAILURE TO TAKE HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE COMPLAINTS SERIOUSLY CAN BE COSTLY

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3445″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Employers who fail to take allegations of harassment and violence seriously and fail to deal with employee complaints in good faith can face major cost consequences

No “Tort of Harassment” in Ontario

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3445″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]The Ontario Court of Appeal has found in Merrifield v the Attorney General [Merrifield] that there is no “tort of harassment” in Ontario.

New Harassment Damages – Be Mindful of Potential Liability

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3445″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Recently, Ontario courts have been faced with an increase of claims for harassment damages by employees claiming they have been mistreated by their employers.