Revenge a dish best not served (Legal view)

Reprisals against complaining employees not tolerated: Human rights tribunal
By Catherine Milne
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2009

Employers facing discrimination or harassment complaints can make a bad situation worse when they subject a complaining employee to reprisals, if recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decisions are any indication.

In Schmor v. Stonechurch Vineyards, Michele Schmor claimed her part-time employment at Stonechurch Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., was marred by sexual harassment from a co-worker, Lisa Edlington.

During her four months at the winery’s retail outlet, Edlington subjected her to remarks that offended and embarrassed her and, in Schmor’s view, violated her right to “freedom from harassment in the workplace because of sex” under the Ontario Human Rights Code.