Honda Canada To Pay Record Damages To Fatigued Worker
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 26, 2005
TORONTO, ONTARIO--Earlier this month, the Ontario Superior Court issued a judgment against Honda Canada Inc., requiring it to pay a former employee with chronic fatigue syndrome $500,000 in punitive damages.
It is reportedly the largest punitive damage award for an employment suit in Canadian history.
The case involved Kevin Keays who started to develop symptoms of chronic fatigue in 1986, soon after he began working at a Honda assembly plant.
After years of problems getting the company to recognize his disability and make the necessary accommodations, Keays was fired in March of 2000, he claimed, as a result of his disability.
The Court agreed and ruled against Honda, while harshly criticizing the company for discriminating against Keays.
"Honda judgment a warning to employers; Highest punitive damages ever awarded in Canada" (Toronto Star)
"Court "whacks" Honda with $500,000 in punitive damages" (Canadian Employment Law Today)