Superior Court awards $300K in damages against jewelry company

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has awarded over $297,000 in damages to a former jewelry corporation employee who brought claims of sexual assault and battery, sexual and racial harassment and wrongful dismissal against the company and her ex-boss.

Represented by Toronto employment and personal injury lawyer Kevin Marshall, the woman’s daughter was also awarded $15,000 under a Family Law Act claim.

Silvera v. Olympia Jewellery Corporation, 2015 ONSC 3760 (CanLII) details the history of a 47-year-old Canadian woman of Jamaican descent who was sexually abused for much of her childhood, leading to depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse. After suffering a minor stroke in her 30s, the woman recovered, excelled in the workforce, and gained a new will to improve her life, says the ruling.

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