Honda faces stiff penalty

Court orders Honda to pay $500,000 in punitive damages to worker who suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Supreme Court of Canada once said it takes a ‘large whack’ to wake up a wealthy and powerful defendant to its responsibilities.

Honda Canada Inc. now knows what that ‘large whack’ feels like after the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered it to pay $500,000 in punitive damages — reportedly the stiffest penalty in an employment case in Canadian history — to one of its former employees.

Justice John McIsaac of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice didn’t pull any punches in harshly criticizing the auto maker’s treatment of a long-term employee who was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).