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Daughter’s Facebook Post Causes Father to Lose $80,000 Settlement From Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted in Age, Discrimination, Human Rights

A recent decision from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal provides some valuable guidance for Canadian employers wishing to keep settlement agreements strictly confidential. Patrick Snay (Snay) had settled an age discrimination lawsuit with his former employer Gulliver Preparatory School (the School). The School agreed to pay him $80,000, but the settlement agreement contained the following confidentiality clause:

Confidentiality…[T]he plaintiff shall not either directly or indirectly, disclose, discuss or communicate to any entity or person, except his attorneys or other professional advisors or spouse any information whatsoever regarding the existence or terms of this Agreement…A breach…will result in

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Alberta Human Rights Tribunal Orders Reinstatement and Back Pay in Age Discrimination Case

Posted in Age, Discrimination, Human Rights

As larger numbers of employees continue to work past the age of retirement given the elimination of mandatory retirement in most jurisdictions, employers must remain cognizant of their continuing obligations under human rights legislation. In the recent decision of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal in Cowling v. Alberta (Employment and Immigration), 2012 AHRC 12, the complainant, Joan Cowling, filed a complaint of discrimination on the basis of age. Ms. Cowling worked as a Labour Relations Officer for the Province of Alberta for eight years on fixed term contracts. In 2007, Ms. Cowling reapplied for a position at the … Continue Reading