Toronto employee accuses City of Toronto of harassment, discrimination based on race

Suspension based on discipline, not discrimination: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/15/2014

Phil Edwards — suspended by the City of Toronto for payroll irregularities and issues of performance and insubordination — filed grievances against his employer alleging the city engaged in a pattern of discriminatory and harassing behaviour towards him.

Through his union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, Edwards grieved both the imposition of a 10-day suspension on April 16, 2012, as well as his notice of transfer to a new community centre, which took place eight days later.

On March 30, 2012, Edwards — a community recreational programmer with Oakdale Community Centre — met with management to discuss a number of performance issues and payroll irregularities.