Harassed transgendered worker gets 8 months’ pay

Employer insisted on treating worker transitioning to female as a man until sex change was complete
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/26/2013

An Ontario company and one of its employees must pay $22,000 plus eight months’ back pay for the harassment and wrongful dismissal of an employee who was transitioning from a male to a female, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled.

Marie Vanderputten worked for Seydaco Packing Corp., a manufacturer of folding cartons and boxes in Mississauga, Ont., as a general labourer. She was hired in August 2003, at which time she lived as a man and went by the name of Tony.