When does employer liability start?

RCMP once again in spotlight on harassment
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/30/2019

If one of your hiring managers sexually harasses — or even assaults — a job candidate during the interview process or pre-employment testing, can your organization be held liable?

That question came up last month after the CBC broke a story about three female RCMP officers alleging they were sexually assaulted by a male RCMP doctor — two before they were hired, the third while applying for a promotion. The alleged behaviour included inappropriate breast and vaginal exams.

The power the doctor had over the women is unquestionable —the medical exam was the last step in the hiring process, and was all that stood between them and their dream of joining the national police force or getting a promotion.