$75K in compensation for 15-year-old sexual harassment survivor

Known only by her initials of GM, the girl was subjected to sexual harassment by her former employer, a tattoo parlour

$75K in compensation for 15-year-old sexual harassment survivor

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has announced a payout of $75,000 to a 15 year-old who was sexually harassed by her employer.

Known only by her initials of GM, the girl was subjected to sexual harassment by her former employer, a tattoo parlour.

In a statement issued to the media, GM said: “For the first time throughout this whole process, I finally feel like the struggle was worth it. This decision not only changed my life and provided me with a sense of justice, but it's empowering to know this has impacted the fate of other victims.

“I hope it gives others the will to fight the battle that no person should ever have to face in the first place.”

The Tribunal ordered the employer and harasser to pay the fine in general damages.

Vice-chair Maureen Doyle added that the girl had her “dream taken away from her by the respondent's actions”.

“The applicant experienced a sense of victimization,” she continued. “The individual respondent had been a trusted family friend, but his actions were a cruel betrayal of that trust…The individual respondent's conduct was egregious, and the actions toward the applicant constituted serious violations of her rights."

Speaking of sexual harassment in the workplace, HRD Canada is hosting a must-see webinar which outlines everything you need to know about harassment complaints – and how to deal with them appropriately.

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