Whistleblowing and Wikileaks

On Sunday, the on-line whistle-blower, Wikileaks, released 91,000 U.S. military records dating between January 2004 and December 2009. “Whistleblowing” is the term given to an employee’s unauthorized disclosure of information he or she honestly and reasonably believes violates the law, professional standards, or involves mismanagement, corruption, abuse of authority, or demonstrates a danger to the public or other employees.

Fired for Undergoing Sex Change

Chris Ehlers worked as a sales representative for Bohler Uddeholm Africa, a male dominated multinational steel retailer based out of Africa. In early 2008, Ehlers began to undergo a series of sex change procedures. Ehlers soon became the subject of disrespectful comments by co-workers, and after two inquiries was terminated by the company. In this blog post we discuss how this case would reflect under Canadian human rights legislation.