$160,000 discrimination award overturned

No evidence to support finding that GM didn’t sufficiently investigate employee’s complaint of racism: Ontario Court of Appeal
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/04/2013

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court’s finding that an Ontario worker was subjected to racial discrimination at his work.

Yohann Johnson began working in the Oshawa, Ont., body shop of General Motors of Canada (GM), as a production supervisor in September 1997. For most of his tenure at GM, Johnson – who was black – had no problems.

In early 2005, Johnson took over responsibility for training group leaders on a new system of policies and guidelines relating to the company’s global manufacturing system (GMS). Many unionized employees didn’t like the training and sometimes skipped their scheduled sessions.