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Author: Kristen Pennington

Kristen Pennington

Kristen Pennington is an employment and human rights lawyer at Grosman, Grosman & Gale LLP in Toronto, Ontario.  Prior to attending law school at the University of Toronto, Kristen completed a degree in Women’s Studies at Glendon College, York University.

How can we hold employers accountable for preventing sexual harassment?

Woman in office smilingThe recent news of former Ontario premier and TO2015 chairman, David Peterson, being sued for sexual harassment marked the latest installment in an onslaught of high-profile reports of women being sexually harassed on the job.

Ximena Morris, a manager with the Pan and Parapan American Games, reports receiving numerous flirtatious remarks, unwanted hugs and comments of a sexual nature from Peterson, some of which humiliated her in front of colleagues and distinguished visitors associated with the Games.  More disturbingly still, Morris was reportedly told by HR and other senior officials within her organization to whom she complained about the sexual harassment to “let it roll off her back”, before ultimately being demoted.

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