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COACH: Another Human Rights Violator

A student of mine gave me a job application form from a company called Coach, an American company wit stores in Toronto and some other Canadian cities.  It apparently sells…

Is it discriminatory to dismiss an alcoholic for stealing alcohol?

We considered in my employment law class recently a hypothetical case in which a bartender was dismissed for drinking on the job (stealing product), but who then claimed he was…

Davies v. Fraser Collection: Is a Temporary Layoff of a Nonunion Employee a Constructive Dismissal?

You are a Human Resources Manager of a company that has lost a major client.  As a result, you have decided that you need to downsize the payroll, and you…

Age Discrimination and the Stripper

The CBC is reporting that a 44 year old Toronto area stripper has filed a Human Rights Code complaint, alleging her employer’s decision to dismiss her as part of a…

Virgin Atlantic Dismissed Employee for Facebook Comments

Did you catch the story over the weekend about how Virgin Atlantic dismissed a bunch of employees for making derogatory comments about their employer and the airline’s customers on facebook?…

George W. and Keynes: Together at Last

George W. and Keynes:  Together at Last

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Religious Freedom, Human Rights, and Beards…again

We noted an interesting human rights case from Alberta recently in which an employee alleges that the employer’s rule requiring a clean-shaven face violates his religious freedom.  Here is a…

Can an Employee Quit, Encourage His Co-Workers to Join Him, and then Join a Competitor? RBC Securities v. Merrill Lynch

Can an Employee Quit, Encourage His Co-Workers to Join Him, and then Join a Competitor? RBC Securities v. Merrill Lynch

The Supreme Court issued another employment law decision last week:  RBC Dominion Securities v. Merrill Lynch, et al.. It’s an interesting case of how courts mold and manipulate “implied terms”…

The Apology Act and Employment Law

The Apology Act and Employment Law

The Ontario government appears ready to enact a new Apology Act. This curious little bit of legislation is intended to encourage people to say sorry for misdeeds without fear that…

Starbucks and Discrimination: Part Deux

Starbucks and Discrimination: Part Deux

Since many of you expressed concern and dismay over Starbuck’s discriminatory job application form, I felt obliged to ask Starbucks to explain why they have illegal questions in their application…