1 step forward, 2 steps back

Continued inappropriate conduct in workplace is baffling
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/31/2019

Sometimes, I can’t quite believe it’s 2019. I can’t quite believe we’re two decades into the 21st century and yet people still don’t know how to behave — or just don’t care — in the workplace.

In late July, the Canadian government promised $900 million in compensation to settle multiple class-action lawsuits lodged on behalf of survivors of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and sexual assault in the military.

It’s encouraging that a settlement was reached — though the government did not admit liability — and class members will be eligible for between $5,000 and $55,000, with higher compensation for people who were subjected to exceptional harm and denied disability benefits; they could receive up to $155,000, according to the Canadian Press.