Employer exacerbates employee’s harassment with bad faith dismissal

Zochem worker wins big after complaint led to firing
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2017

An Ontario company that responded to a worker’s sexual harassment complaint by firing her must pay her 10 months’ pay plus another $85,000 in moral and human rights damages, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.

Melissa Doyle was a plant supervisor at Zochem, a producer of zinc oxide in Brampton, Ont. The production facility required constant maintenance to ensure specifications were met and workers remained safe. All of the workers Doyle supervised were male.

She also took on the role of health and safety co-ordinator.