When banter crosses the harassment line (Legal view)

Worker demoted after inappropriate comments and texts to summer students
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/29/2010

The firing of an Ontario city parks worker over his sexual harassment of summer students has been overturned by an arbitrator, but he won’t be allowed to return to his old job.

Sean Pastoor worked in the parks department at the City of Woodstock, Ont., for 20 years with no disciplinary problems. For the last 10 of those years, Pastoor was responsible for supervising students who worked in the department over the summer.

In June 2009, when Pastoor was an assistant supervisor, a 21-year-old female summer student filed a sexual harassment complaint against him, claiming he had harassed her and other female summer students since she started working in the department in 2007.