Three women worked as receptionists at a hair salon until ongoing sexual harassment left them unable to continue.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found the salon owner “made the applicants feel uncomfortable and constantly nervous about how far he might try to go with his sexual harassment, solicitations and advances. When he was in the salon, they were on tenterhooks.”

The Tribunal also found the women worked “until it became so intolerable that they understandably quit. They quit because of his unwelcome, sexual behaviour and because there was no protection from him.”

The Tribunal ordered the hair salon to pay the three applicants:

  • over $100,000 financial compensation for the discrimination and harassment;
  • $40,000 in lost wages.

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