Ms. Khan was repeatedly subject to racist slurs at her workplace and witnessed verbal assaults directed at other employees of diverse racial backgrounds. She repeatedly told her employer to stop and was ultimately fired.

The Tribunal found the “deliberately cruel references to the Applicant … to be indications that the (employer) considered the Applicant inferior.” The Tribunal noted that the evidence of current employees testifying on the owner’s part was “inconsistent, troublesome” and “attempting to hide aspects of (his) behaviour, most particularly his use of racial comments, and present him in a more favourable light.”

The Tribunal ordered:

  • $25,000 to the Applicant for violation of the inherent right to be free from discrimination and harassment, and for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect
  • The employer to hire a human rights expert and develop a human rights and anti-harassment policy within 6 months to be distributed to current and all future employees
  • The employer to complete human rights training.

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