Human Rights Tribunal awards former Armstrong store clerk nearly $ 100,000 for sexual harassment of boss – Vernon News

A former employee of an Armstrong store was awarded nearly $ 100,000 in a BC Human Rights Tribunal ruling regarding her sexual harassment.

The Nov. 24 ruling ordered Wooyoung Joung of the Deep Creek General Store to pay the woman $ 53,903 in compensation for lost wages and $ 45,000 for injury to her dignity, feelings and feelings. self-respect, as well as interest until amounts are paid in full.

The complainant (Ms. K) was 21 when she started working at the store in 2017.

In her decision, tribunal member Amber Prince said Ms K had “proven her complaint that her boss sexually harassed her, and then retaliated against her, when she filed her personal injury complaint. human rights “.

While Joung had a lawyer at the start of the complaint, he represented himself at the court hearing and did not participate. As such, Ms. K’s testimony was not contested.

Prince discovered that Joung had abused her power to harass Ms. K., and when she tried to resist, things got worse by creating a hostile work environment and then firing her.

While working, Joung made sexual jokes and inappropriate comments about the young women in the store.

In August 2017, he asked K to go to lunch with him and offered $ 100 to do so. K refused the money, but went to lunch with Joung, who then offered him $ 2,000 to have sex while they were driving home from lunch.

Joung denied the complaints and said in his response that as a Korean immigrant he had “very limited” communication skills in English and was “sometimes confused” by Canadian cultural norms.

After K filed her complaint, Joung cut back her hours and accused her of theft.

She was fired on September 28, 2017, and the human rights complaint was filed on November 3, 2017.

In early 2018, K and her sister noticed signs of several trespassing incidents on their rural property.

They installed a security camera and Joung was seen on video entering her home in the middle of the night. The incidents were reported to the police.

Prince said the respondent’s conduct violated the Human Rights Code and that the case “is an example of the long-standing problem of sexual harassment in Canada.”