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Employee rights: Teen gets thousands in sexual harassment case

A teen who said she experienced sexual harassment at the hands of her boss has been awarded $75,000 by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. The then 15-year-old intern accepted an internship at an Ontario tattoo parlour where she said her employee rights were violated and where she was the victim of sexual harassment by her boss, the owner of the shop who also happened to be the husband of her mother's best friend. The woman, who is now 19, said her boss began to make sexual comments while she was in the shop and allegedly asked her questions of a sexual nature that made her feel extremely uncomfortable.

Employee rights: How to handle threats on the job

Everyone has the right to go to work each day without possibly being harmed or threatened. When it comes to employee rights in the workplace in Ontario, threats doesn't just include physical harm, but also the possibility of it. It also includes domestic violence situations since violence at home can also rear its ugly head in a workplace environment should a combative spouse show up at a job place. Violence can also include a customer who physically acts out or threatens an employee.

Employee rights: Can a former employee sue a past employer?

There are certain instances when employees could launch litigation against their former employers. When it comes to employee rights in Ontario, if an employee was fired he or she may have grounds to sue -- unless the employee was a union member. Union members should talk to a union steward or have a look at the collective agreement.

Ontario employee rights: Getting sacked at work

Employees never want to be called into the boss's office when things haven't been going so well at work. No one enjoys the moment when one is informed that he or she is fired. Those in Ontario who find themselves in such situations be wondering what their employee rights are. When it comes to getting the ax, an employer doesn't have to give a reason as to why.

What are employee rights in Ontario when a co-worker is a bigot?

Most people in the workplace try to get along with one another. But when one of those co-workers is an alleged bigot or racist and makes comments that make others uncomfortable, employee rights in Ontario could be infringed upon. Often, these sorts of people have no filters and risk offending their co-workers with inappropriate remarks that are either racist, sexist or show a high level of intolerance of people's differences.

From tipping to breaks: What the law says about employee rights

All workers have certain rights under the law. But what do those laws say exactly about employee rights in Ontario? There are many things of which many people are probably unaware -- rules that govern everything from tips to breaks and everything in between. Speaking of tips, if an employer says that employees aren't allowed to accept tips, that's perfectly fine as long as the employer makes it clear to the employees it's not allowed. 

Employee rights: Drug and alcohol tests in Ontario workplaces

Random drug and alcohol tests in the workplace are usually against the law. In Ontario, human rights laws state that employers don't have the right to test for drugs or alcohol use just because an employee is suspect. It is against the worker's employee rights. The testing must have some connection to carrying out a job safely and in the right manner. 

Employee rights: Employees with disabled family members

When an employee has a family member who is disabled, there may be times when his or her work life is affected because they're taking care of that person. It may be that an employer in Ontario may have to accommodate those employees as part of their employee rights. In fact, a Human Rights Adjudication Panel in the Northwest Territories set a precedent by siding with a mother in the case of her disabled son.

Employee rights in Ontario: When an employee's boss is fired

When the boss gets the boot, there may be all sorts of mixed feelings among staff. If employees had a good, cordial working relationship with their boss -- perhaps even a friendship -- how should they handle losing that relationship? Do workers in Ontario have employee rights when it comes to losing a manager?