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Protection from reprisals

Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Andrew Reinholdt

Employees in Ontario have various statutory protections if they try to assert their rights in the workplace. However, despite these protections, when I meet with an employee for the first time, the employee often fears that if she complains about a co-worker, boss or company policy, she will face some form of retribution.

Such was the situation in McConaghie v. Systemgroup Consulting 2014 HRTO 295, a human rights case with a particularly absurd set of facts. The employer decided to host a “Men’s Day” at a...