Harassment of transgendered worker costs company (Legal View)

Employer insisted on treating transitioning worker as a man until sex reassignment surgery was complete
By By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/14/2013

An Ontario company and one of its employees has been ordered to pay $22,000 plus eight months’ back pay by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal for the harassment and wrongful dismissal of an employee who was transitioning from a male to a female.

Marie Vanderputten worked as a general labourer at Seydaco Packing, a manufacturer of cartons and boxes in Mississauga, Ont. Vanderputten was hired in August 2003, at which time she lived as a man and went by the name of Tony.