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Supreme Court Hammers Last Nail into Harassment Tort Coffin

After 12 years of litigation, the RCMP officer who accused his superiors of waging an unrelenting harassment claim to ruin his career came to the end of the legal road when the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear his appeal. The case got off to a promising start. In Feb. 2017, an Ontario Superior Court awarded the officer nearly $1 million in damages and legal costs. The headliner was the finding that employees who suffer harassment at work can bring a tort lawsuit for damages against their employers and tormentors. But in March 2019, the province’s highest court, the Court of Appeal, reversed saying that the court was wrong to recognize the existence of a harassment tort. And now that the Supreme Court has nixed the appeal, that ruling will stand, at least in Ontario, unless and until the Supreme Court rules otherwise in a different case [Peter Merrifield v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., 2019 CanLII 86846 (SCC), September 19, 2019].

Bongarde Editorial

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