Employee awarded $4,000 following backroom groping at Saskatchewan store

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Shier v. Edworthy, 2003 CarswellSask 587 (Sask. Human Rights Trib.)

Joni Lynn Shier was 22, working as an assistant manager at A Buck or Two in Prince Albert, Sask. from November 1999 to November 2000. On Sept. 26, her boss, Ray Edworthy, called her into his office, grabbed her by the waist and sat her down on his knee. When she stood up, he grabbed her face and tried to kiss her. Shier went to the front of the store and told her colleague, Christy Sproxton, what had happened.

Edworthy made comments to Shier for the rest of the day, including telling her that instead of working she “had the option to play.” In the afternoon, Edworthy asked her if she would like to take the rest of the day off, a comment Shier interpreted as another request for sex.