Escorts in the workplace may lead to employment claims

A canadian woman working as a top executive at a London, England company is suing her boss for 8 million dollars in a UK Employment Tribunal for allegations that he brought prostitutes to meetings and repeatedly called her a “stupid blonde” before she was fired, as reported in a National Post article here.

In Canada it is an implied term in every employment relationship that employees be treated with decency and civility, the breach of which can lead to damages for termination, commonly known as a “constructive dismissal.”  An example of a constructive dismissal case can be read here.

In addition, Canadian legislation prohibits discrimination or harassment based on grounds such as gender or race.

Daniel Lublin is a lawyer with Whitten & Lublin which is an employment law firm in Toronto, Ontario assisting employees and employers with workplace legal matters.