Administrator held to a higher level of conduct

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Gateway is a non-profit corporation carrying on the business of providing co-operative subsidized housing. Gateway has 217 co-op units and is managed by a volunteer board of directors elected by and drawn from the co-op members. The office staff consists of an administrator, an assistant administrator and a part-time bookkeeper.

Mr. Alleyne was the administrator prior to his termination. The administrative office was described as a very friendly atmosphere with lots of sexual banter including sexual jokes. The staff also participated in personal discussions about each other’s intimate lives and behaviour.

The employees participated in an annual job evaluation of each other including a job evaluation of the administrator. The evaluation process consisted of written evaluations and a meeting with the personnel committee. The committee would then submit a report to the board of directors. The committee could make recommendations as to whether merit pay should be considered by the board for each staff member.