Asking an employee to wear certain types of clothing on the job may be a big no-no. It could actually be infringing upon employee rights in Ontario. Some restaurant chains have been taken to task for allegedly making their female staff wear clothing that could be construed as being in violation of women's rights. Some women have been afraid to speak up, fearing they would lose their jobs if they did.
A Canadian man was recently awarded $28,000 in damages in a wrongful dismissal case. The court didn't buy the assertion of the former safety manager's Alberta employer, who said the man quit or that there was just cause for firing him. Most employee rights in Canada are protected by employment laws of their province and territory, and it is mandatory that places of employment in Ontario and in the rest of the country place an Employment Standards Act poster where all employees can see it.
It is every person's right to go to a workplace that is safe and free of harassment. All Ontario workers have employee rights in every vocation, including those in the service industry. The restaurant industry in Canada is offering training on sexual harassment after a prominent Alberta chef and restaurant owner was accused of sexually assaulting a staff member at a staff party.
Many workers across Ontario benefit from tips and other gratuities. Depending on their circumstances, they may rely significantly on tips to help earn a comfortable living. So what happens if as an employee, you aren't getting the tips that you've earned?
Everybody has the right to work in an environment that is free of harassment and discrimination. This right is guaranteed through both the Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Despite these reassurances, employees throughout Ontario’s workforce regularly experience hostility and harassment on the job.
Living with a mental health disability or addiction is hard. Having to navigate daily life in a workplace unwilling to accommodate these issues is even harder. While there are laws in place to protect employees with mental health issues or addiction, not every employer is compliant. The result? Workers who are unable to perform to the best of their abilities.
All teachers -- public and Catholic -- will now be on an even keel financially in the province. The Ontario government will be shelling out $39 million to school employee groups. The announcement was made after public school teachers launched a labour board complaint that their Catholic colleagues were getting more in payouts. The increase comes to level out the playing field between Catholic and public school employees, ensuring employee rights.
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.
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.
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.