Owner held responsible for sexual harassment

Manitoba businessman fired woman who complained about co-worker’s behaviour
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The owner of a Manitoba-based cell phone company has been ordered to pay a former employee nearly $5,000 by a human rights tribunal after he fired her in the wake of a sexual harassment complaint she lodged against a co-worker.

Clifford Neufeld was the owner of Mobital, a now defunct company, that operated three retail outlets. Jackie D’Heilly started working for the company on April 4, 1999, at a salary of $2,000 per month.

At first her relationship with C.G., the co-worker she accused of sexually harassing her, was positive. There was a lot of banter in the store, including sexual content, and everyone participated. It was not taken too seriously and there was never an objection.