The historic fight against sexual harassment (Guest Commentary)

2 Winnipeg waitresses — fed up with actions of cook and inaction of management — filed complaint in 1982 that went all the way to the Supreme Court
By Stephen Hammond
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/15/2011

In August 1982, Dianna Janzen took a waitressing job at Pharos Restaurant in Winnipeg. While taking a full course load at university, she hoped to work full-time so she could live on her own and pay for school. But early on, the cook — Tommy Grammas — began grabbing her and making sexual advances.

Janzen made it clear, “in no uncertain terms,” his actions weren’t appreciated and tried to deal with it on her own. After one month of futile attempts with the cook, she spoke to the owner who hired her, Phillip Anastasiadis.

His reaction? He told her, rudely, she needed to get laid. That’s when she started to doubt herself.