B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hands out record award

Waitress who was sexually harassed, fired and falsely accused of having an affair awarded $10,000 for injury to dignity, feelings and self respect
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A former waitress in British Columbia who tried to commit suicide twice after being sexually harassed, fired from her job and accused of having an extra-marital affair, has been given the highest award for mental suffering in the history of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

Sukhwinder Gill, who worked at Grammy’s Place Restaurant and Bakery in Hope, B.C., was awarded nearly $20,000 by the tribunal — including $10,000 for mental anguish. Gill worked at the restaurant from April to December of 1996, when she was fired without cause.

Gill told the tribunal that during her short tenure at the restaurant John Grammatikos, the owner of Grammy’s, verbally harassed her, touched her inappropriately and gave her a satin night robe at the restaurant’s Christmas party.