Supervisor Sentenced for Workplace Sexual Assault

In a decision released last Friday in R. v. J.P., 2017 NSPC 54 , Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Marc Chisholm sentenced a male supervisor for two counts of sexually assaulting a young female employee. The supervisor was given a conditional sentence of eight months….

#WorkLawWednesday: Why Does the Harassee Always Pay the Price?

Many employers have Harassment Policies. They are mostly well-intentioned. Often, a Harassment Policy will set out the general principles of behaviour that is no longer acceptable in the workplace. There will be a mechanism for filing complaints. Generally, an internal or external investigation…

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace & Trump

On October 8, 2016, video surfaced of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump making sexually vulgar and demeaning comments about a particular woman and about women in general in a 2005 conversation with Billy Bush, then of Access Hollywood: see The Washington Post article….

Preventing Sexual Harassment in your Workplace

If it wasn’t evident before, it should be now – CBC/Ghomeshi, Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry, Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Justice Camp inquiry – sexual harassment and sexual stereotypes are pervasive in our society and no workplace, no matter how…

Workplace Investigations Seminar Held on January 20, 2016

On January 20, 2016, PL’s Gail Gatchalian facilitated the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia’s half-day Workplace Investigations Seminar. The objectives of the seminar were to learn how to: conduct competent workplace investigations into allegations such as discrimination, harassment, bullying and occupational health and…