Employee wants $100,000 for racial discrimination – and gets $3,500

Worker complained of several incidents breaching harassment policy, but employer met its obligations in some of them
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/04/2015

The Ontario GrievanceSettlement Board has awarded $3,500 to a correctional officer who wanted$100,000 in damages for discrimination and harassment at work.

SimoneWilliams was a correctional officer at the Toronto South Detention Centre inToronto, hired by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and CorrectionalServices in May 1987.

In July2008, while working at the Toronto Jail, Williams, who is black, came forwardto speak publicly on her experience of what she called a poisoned workenvironment that was the result of factions and divisions within the workplace.Though this spearheaded a process of developing systemic solutions at the jail,it exposed Williams to racial threats, including two anonymous hate letterssent to the jail.