Human Rights Tribunal awards damages of $200,000 for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect

All employers should be aware of this case, A.B. v. Joe Singer Shoes Limited, in which the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario awarded $200,000 to the complainant who was a retail worker subject to egregious sexual harassment and assault over many years by her employer. This is higher than most cases but illustrates that the HRTO has teeth and can bite employers in a given fact situation. Employers must ensure that they have appropriate policies, that they enforce them and that they fairly and impartially investigate complaints, failing which the financial consequences can be significant.