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Appeal court provides guidance on workplace investigations

A controversial lower-court ruling that ordered a Montreal lawyer to pay moral damages to a college teacher for pain and suffering after an investigation she had headed into psychological harassment complaints breached the duty of procedural fairness was overturned by the Quebec Court of Appeal in a precedent-setting ruling that provides guidance on workplace investigations.

In a closely-watched ruling by the business and legal community, the Quebec Court of Appeal held that workplace investigations are “intrinsically linked to an employer’s exercise of power in matters of management and discipline,” and therefore do not have to abide by the same procedural fairness standards applied in administrative law.

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