Employer’s neglect of harassment complaints proves costly

Ignoring worker’s complaints and firing her after workplace assault leads to more than $190,000 in damages

Employer’s neglect of harassment complaints proves costly
Worker reported harassment and assault, but employer fired her rather than investigate credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock

In order to ensure the safety of workplaces, it is an employer’s responsibility to investigate complaints of harassment and, if required, take steps to adequately address the situation. However, employers do not always comply with these requirements. The recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice case of Bassanese v. German Canadian News Company Limited et al. is a cautionary tale of the financial consequences when an employer ignores complaints of harassment and terminates the employee’s employment rather than addressing the complaints.

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