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The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code Amended
February / March 2015 Human Rights Digest
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Can Human Rights Law Stop a “Repeat Offender”?
In December 2014, the Government of Saskatchewan amended The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code to – among other things – raise the maximum possible award for injury to feelings, dignity, and self-respect from $10,000 to $20,000. This appears to be a response to a decision handed down by the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench in July in the case of John Pontes and Empire Investment Corporation (CHRR Doc. 14-3122). But is this a sufficient response?
In the case of X. v. Empire Investment Corp., the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench found that John Pontes violated The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code for the fifth time. Mr. Pontes is the sole owner of Northwoods Inn & Suites in Saskatoon, and, once more...
$161,737 for Lost Wages Awarded to Person with a Developmental Disability
DISABILITY — EQUAL PAY / Decision on an application alleging discrimination in employment on the basis of disability. The applicant, who is a person with a developmental delay, alleged that while she performed substantially the same duties as general labourers who did not have developmental disabilities, she was paid significantly less. The Tribunal found that the pay differential was a...
What Was Said
Saskatchewan Queen's Bench, Wilkinson J.
"To the extent a person can be considered a "repeat offender", this necessarily impacts upon the determination whether there has been wilful and reckless contravention of the Code for the purposes of s. 31.4. Mr. Pontes' corporate entities were found to be in violation of the Code, for employment discrimination based on sex as early as December 6, 2007… He has been previously ordered to cease and desist. He has previously been sanctioned in costs for unreasonable and...
Human Rights Digest 16-2, February / March 2015