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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/06/2005

Honda faces stiff penalty

Honda Canada

must pay $500,000 in punitive damages — reportedly the stiffest such penalty in Canadian employment law history — to a former employee suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Defending “invisible impairments,” Justice John McIsaac of the Ontario Superior Court didn’t pull any punches in harshly criticizing the Alliston, Ont.-based automaker’s treatment of long-term employee Kevin Keays, who has CFS and was eventually terminated.