$100,000 in human rights damages for restaurant workers

3 former Muslim workers were forced to eat pork, other food while fasting – owners also mocked their language, race
By Ronald Minken
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/05/2014

By now, employers and other organizations should be well aware of human rights legislation and the grounds under which people are protected from discrimination. And yet there are still examples of employers who seem to either not be aware of those grounds or simply don’t care. Regardless of the reason, employers often find themselves in hot water over discriminatory practices.

One Toronto restaurant found itself on the hook for a hefty sum of human rights damages for its often blatant discrimination of three workers who originally came from Bangladesh. Employment lawyer Ronald Minken discusses the case and the lessons employers can glean from it.