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August 2017 Archives

Handling workplace harassment in startup culture

In today's emergent technologies industry, there are a wealth of companies commonly referred to as "startups." These are typically grassroots tech developers with a limited staff in a high-stress workplace environment. For Alberta residents, this type of workplace can be a breeding ground for harassment, particularly for women who are already underrepresented in the technology industry. In many cases, these companies lack the standard safeguards meant to protect employees from unfair or harassing treatment at work. This is why an understanding of employee rights can be so integral to pursuing harassment lawsuits.

Poll shows women face harassment in tech industry

It is no secret that not all Canadian workplaces are safe and welcoming to everyone. Here in Calgary and elsewhere in the country, people of all backgrounds face harassment and bullying in the workplace, not to mention discrimination based on their gender, orientation or race. However, as a recent poll points out, women (especially those who work in emergent tech) tend to suffer sexual harassment far more often than their male counterparts.

RCMP employee wins harassment suit

A landmark decision has been reached in Ontario, which could expand the rights of employees who claim to be the victims of harassment in the workplace. Calgary residents are already aware of how prevalent and pervasive workplace harassment can be, and this is true not just here but all over Canada. It is hoped that the decision of the Ontario Superior Court might bring more attention to harassment in other provinces as well. 

Business and commercial law: Steve Nash loses legal battle

Alberta residents may be interested to know that the lawsuit of the famous Canadian basketball star, Steve Nash --  a former professional National Basketball Association player -- was thrown out of court. Nash, who was also a former partner in 21 Steve Nash Fitness World clubs, brought a lawsuit against his former partners last October to prevent them from using his endorsements any longer. Business and commercial law disputes can be complicated. In this one, the judge dismissed his request.

Harassment concerns in public parks

An American company has taken steps to address widespread harassment in their workplaces. It may come as a surprise to Alberta residents that these workplaces are actually national parks, including such famous locales as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Sexual harassment has been rampant in these national parks, and the move by the company to address these issues could set a precedent for Canadian parks as well. 

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