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Harassment and the “MeToo” Movement

The “MeToo” movement is an on-going, large-scale activism movement against sexual harassment. It gained widespread attention in 2017 through public allegations of various degrees of harassment in the workplace against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. More victims come forward soon afterwards with their own experiences in a variety of professions.

Where has the “MeToo” movement brought us in 2019? According to a recent article in The Hamilton Spectator, the “MeToo” has helped people recognize sexual harassment for what it is, how prevalent it is in the workforce, and the mental and physical toll it can have on it’s victims.

The article relates a story of a woman who filed a complaint against her former boss. Later on, their paths crossed again within the same business, and she again voiced her concerns. After the boss was allowed to stay on, she quit, and cited constructive dismissal as the cause. Both the trial and the appeal sided with her position and she was awarded compensation and damages. You can read the full article on the paper’s website.

But the summation was, given the public attention the “MeToo” movement has on cases of harassment, and the details of this case study, that is should have been obvious the employer was in the wrong.

While the court of public opinion should have no bearing on any court proceeding, it’s important for both employers and employees facing constructive or wrongful dismissal claim and allegations of misconduct, to evaluate the strength of their position and likelihood of success. An employment lawyer can provide you with the legal information you need to make an informed decision on how to proceed.

This is why it’s important to discuss the details of your situation with an experienced employment lawyer. Whether or not you are the employer facing an allegation, or the employee bringing one forward, he or she can help you identify the main facts of your situation, and what legal options you can pursue that target the outcomes that work for you.