E.T. v Dress Code Express Inc., 2017 HRTO 595

E.T. was 14 years old when she was subjected to sexual harassment from her employer, including “comments about the applicant’s body, her virginity.” The HRLSC represented the young woman at a hearing before the Tribunal. The respondent failed to show at the hearing.

The Tribunal found:

  • E.T.’s employer had created a “poisoned work environment” in which she felt forced to give him a massage or lose her job; and
  • “warnings that she not engage in sexual activity with Black people” formed part of the “sexual harassment and racial harassment experienced by the applicant.”

The owner of Dress Code Express failed to appear at the hearing, despite repeated notices from the Tribunal.

The Tribunal ordered:

  • $15,000 in general damages for the harm caused by the discrimination.

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