Insurance could pay workers’ legal bills

Made-in-Europe practice might provide Canadians ‘greater access to justice’
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2009

In principle, Canadians have equal access to justice if they believe they have been wronged. But the high costs of pursuing legal proceedings can act as a barrier for many individuals.

For workers who have a bone to pick with employers — such as wrongful dismissal or harassment — the high cost of a lawsuit often deters a legal claim. They simply don’t have the resources to pursue a court case.

However, the playing field might even out somewhat in employment disputes, as well as other seemingly lopsided legal matters, if a European insurance company receives approval to operate in Canada.