May 7, 2007

Sexual Harassment or Bona Fide Occupational Requirements?

Travis Bailey finds himself in a difficult situation.  He is clearly uncomfortable with the subject matter of Venus-TV.   His lack of comfort with the sex themed television station, however, does not mean that he is being sexually harassed. Sexual harassment occurs in the workplace when an individual is subjected to a course of vexatious sexual…

November 24, 2004

Pregnancy and STD Benefits

Question: We provide short-term disability benefits to our employees, which are self-insured. Our existing short-disability plan does not cover pregnant women who are medically unable to attend work for a period of time due to the pregnancy. Is this contrary to human rights legislation? Answer: The treatment of the medical component of pregnancy leave under…

October 13, 2004

Accomodating Employee Not Suited for Modified Position

Question: We had an employee go on a leave of absence due to illness not related to work. This leave extended to two years and the employee is receiving long-term disability benefits. The employee has been given the go-ahead to return to work with permanent medical restrictions. The employee has also been receiving training through…

August 4, 2004

Salary While Accommodating Injury

Question: We have a salaried employee in Ontario who has given us a doctor’s note that states he is only able to work 70 per cent of his previous capacity. While we are able to spread the added workload around for a short period of time, we do not feel it is sustainable over an…

April 28, 2004

Accommodating a Disabled Employee

Question: A part-time personal support worker, who has been off on non-workers’ compensation-based disability benefits, has produced a doctor’s certificate that she is able to return to work. But the doctor has restricted her from performing duties we consider to be vital to the job. The nature of the restrictions limit the shifts we can…

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