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“Locker Room Talk”: Defining Sexual Harassment in the Alberta case of Watkins v. Willow Park Golf Course

To say sexual harassment is a hot topic at the moment is an understatement. From Donald Trump’s now infamous Access Hollywood tape to multiple reports at Fox News to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there is heightened awareness of the seriousness of sexual harassment and its impacts, particularly in the workplace. Despite the high profile nature

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What employers can learn from #metoo

I started seeing the #metoo hashtag being posted by friends and acquaintances on Twitter and Facebook one Sunday evening, and by the next morning it seemed that every woman I knew had chimed in. For those who don’t know, a picture started circulating on social media that read: If all the women who have been

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Rehiring the man who had sexually harassed her over a decade before, triggers employee’s constructive dismissal

Constructive dismissal cases are tricky. The onus is on the employee to prove her case, often in the face of strong opposition from the employer. Moreover, the test is an objective one.  It is not the employee’s subjective assessment of the workplace conditions that rules the day.  Rather, it is the legal decision maker’s assessment

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Fire at the Roots: Tackling Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces

It has been less than two years since Madame Justice Marie Deschamps released her report in which she described an “underlying sexualized culture in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) that is hostile to women and LGBTQ members […],” and called for “broad-scale cultural reform,” among other things. In response, the CAF established “Operation Honour” and

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