Ontario court upholds employees’ right to sue for wrongful dismissal in cases of chronic stress

By Julius Melnitzer | September 17, 2021

Ontario’s Divisional Court has affirmed employees’ right to sue for wrongful and constructive dismissal in the civil courts in cases of chronic mental stress arising from workplace harassment.

“That’s important because workplace compensation claims by employees suffering from mental stress as a result of harassment might increase an employer’s premiums slightly, but not nearly as much as the damages they might have to pay in a wrongful dismissal case based on an employer’s harassment or failure to prevent the harassment,” says Brendan McCutchen, a member of the legal team at Wright Henry LLP who represented Judith Morningstar, the aggrieved employee in the case.

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Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at julius@legalwriter.net or https://legalwriter.net/contact.

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