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Department
Human Resources
Course
MHR 523
Professor
Shavin Malhotra
Semester
Winter

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1. Is there a case of sexual harassment in this situation or is it only fun? Sexual harassment has become an increasingly prevalent issue in human resources management. To properly identify an individual’s behaviour as sexual harassment, a Canadian Human Rights tribunal established three important characteristics of this act: The encounters must be unsolicited, unwelcome by the complainant, and expressly or implicitly known by the respondent to be unwelcome, the conduct must continue despite the complainant’s protests (or if conduct stops, the protests must have led to negative employment consequences), and the complainants cooperation must be due to employment related threats or promises. In the Maple Leafs Shoes Ltd. case, these precedents set out by the Human Rights Tribunal are met. Rosetta received unsolicited and unwelcome harassment throughout her day at work, and while she made it clear she was uncomfortable, the respondents continued to do so with intention. The conduct continued despite Rosetta’s complaints to both coworkers and Al until she was forced to make a decision between her job and her basic rights as an employee. This conduct is classified as sexual harassment and can result in major penalties for Maple Leafs Shoes Ltd through compensatory damages and bad publicity. 2. If you were Eva, what would – and what could – you do? What are the options? What is the probability of success in each option? In order to take action against Al, and Maple Leaf Shoes Ltd. in defence of Rosetta and fellow female workers, Eva must first contact Rosetta and fellow female coworkers in order to gain an idea of how many women have felt personally victimized by the company such as Rosetta. After either convincing the group to take action, or receiving permission to do so herself; Eva can begin her campaign. The group or Eva must then contact the Canadian Human Rights Commission and file a formal complaint against the company for harassment and discrimination.
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