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Serious insight for serious situations.

Why every employer should care about gender harassment

When most people think about sexual harassment, they think about unwelcome sexual advances and requests/demands for sexual “favours”: The executive who puts his hand on his administrative assistant’s knee. The professor who tells a student she might get a better grade if she went for a drink with him after class. While these behaviours are

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Racial profiling and human rights: Important reminders from a recent HRTO decision

The recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision of Wickham v Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant 2018 HRTO 500 provides some important reminders on employer liability for racial profiling. The adjudicator found that the Applicant and his three friends were racially profiled when they were asked to pre-pay for their meal at a sit-down Chinese food restaurant.

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Survey says? A look at the industry-specific sexual harassment survey boom in the wake of #MeToo

Janice Rubin and Maria Luisa Vitti Unfortunately, there is no Steve Harvey here, no witty responses and no cash prizes.  Instead, the surveys we reference are the numerous industry-specific sexual harassment surveys that have been recently circulated in the wake of the #MeToo movement. #MeToo sparked more than discussion of sexual harassment in Hollywood, as

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Taking care of the people who take care of your people: How employers can support HR staff through workplace investigations

Anyone who works in human resources will tell you that they wear a lot of hats. On a given day, an HR generalist might meet with employees to provide guidance on compensation and benefits, organize training for new hires, meet with legal counsel on an employment litigation issue, and give advice to senior managers on

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Law Society of British Columbia disciplines lawyer who admits sexual harassment

Months before the #MeToo movement exposed the world’s entertainment and media elite, the Law Society of British Columbia issued a discipline decision that was a first in British Columbia and is one of only a few similar decisions in Canada.  The January 2017 decision, involving a Victoria based lawyer, confirms that sexual harassment by a

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