Sexual harassment damages see gains

2 recent cases in Ontario highlight evolving approach
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/07/2015

The two cases were extreme, to say the least. 


One involved a receptionist who suffered through several incidents of sexual assault and harassment by her employer and was subsequently fired after recovering from dental surgery. Michelle Silvera was recently awarded damages of $206,000 (including general and aggravated, punitive, breach of the human rights code and loss of future income) by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in June, along with $90,000 for wrongful termination from Olympia Jewellery.