A part-time receptionist was sexually harassed by her supervisor. He made comments about her body and touched her. He also sent racist, sexist e-mails and text messages to her. She and other employees complained to his superiors and were told that action would be taken. However, the supervisor was not removed and our client was told she would have to continue working under him.

With the help of the Centre’s lawyer, she filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal, after which the harasser started a community-wide campaign to discredit her and accuse her of being “mentally ill”. In the small community in which this was taking place, the impact on the woman was significant.

The Centre negotiated a settlement that included:

  • Financial compensation for the discrimination;
  • 8 months full salary and benefits;
  • A positive letter of reference;
  • A mutual non-disparagement clause.