‘Middle of the spectrum’ sexual harassment not grounds for dismissal

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Brazeau v. I.B.E.W., 2004 CarswellBC 2979, 2004 BCCA 645 (B.C. C.A.)

Wayne Brazeau, 69, was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. In February 2001 he was terminated for sexual harassment and discrimination.

The British Columbia Court of Appeal heard evidence that in July 1993 the recently-divorced Brazeau developed a romantic interest in Christine Pynaker, a member of the brotherhood. He encouraged her professionally, giving her advice on how to become an international representative, a position he held. In 1994 she was given such a position in Calgary, while Brazeau moved to Vancouver.