A shopkeeper in a small B.C. neighborhood has been ordered to pay nearly $99,000 to a former worker he again and again harassed and offered money for intercourse.
Wooyoung Joung, who additionally goes via Aiden or Kai, fired the younger woman after she rejected his $2,000 proposition after which snuck onto her property a couple of occasions when she filed a discrimination grievance against him, in step with a contemporary resolution from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
The tribunal has safe the identity of the objective of his harassment, who is known as Ms. OKAY within the decision.
She set to work for Joung on the Deep Creek General Retailer in Armstrong in the spring of 2017, while she was simply 21 years old and he was in his mid-40s, consistent with the verdict.
“Ms. OK was critically and negatively impacted when Mr. Joung made sexualized feedback to her, propositioned her for intercourse, made false allegations about her work efficiency, poisoned her place of business, fired her, after which trespassed at her house within the heart of the night,” tribunal member Amber Prince wrote closing week.
Prince discovered that Joung had discriminated in opposition to Ms. K at the basis of sex and retaliated in opposition to her for turning to the tribunal.
The enjoy caused her tension and nervousness, interfered together with her sleep and consuming, and made her really feel dangerous in her own home, the decision says. When Joung fired Ms. OKAY, “she was sick, to the purpose of vomiting non‐stop over a 24‐hour period.”
Prince ordered Joung to pay Ms. K $53,916.72 for lost wages and $45,000 in damages for injury to her dignity, feelings, and self‐recognize.
Joung, a South Korean national, could not be reached for remark, and neither he nor any consultant for the store participated within the hearings on the tribunal.
In a response to Ms. OKAY’s proceedings, Joung wrote by means of manner of cause of his actions that he had “very limited” communique abilities in English and is “from time to time puzzled” through Canadian tradition.
Proposition made her ‘ill to her stomach’
Prince’s determination lays out in painful element what she describes as “an example of the longstanding drawback of sexual harassment in Canada,” in addition as the crushing results it had on a tender woman just beginning her career.
The tribunal corroborated Ms. OKAY’s complaint through testimony from a coworker on the retailer and her older sister, in addition as text messages between everybody concerned.
Proof showed that right through Ms. OKAY’s brief stint at the retailer, Joung made sexual comments about his younger female customers and requested Ms. K in an instant approximately her sex lifestyles.
He asked to take her out for lunch in August 2017, and though she to begin with stated no, Joung persisted. Ms. K in the end gave in, and on the pressure back from the eating place, he presented her $2,000 to have sex with him, in step with the verdict.
“She described feeling shocked, insulted, disgusted and ill to her abdomen,” Prince wrote.
at first, she didn’t know how to respond, but then asked him to drop it and transfer on, she told the tribunal.
The sexual harassment started in 2017, whilst Ms. OK was operating at the Deep Creek Basic Store in Armstrong, B.C. (Google Maps)
In Spite Of Ms. OK’s makes an attempt to place the incident in the past, she testified that Joung repeatedly brought it up at paintings in the weeks that adopted. He then began decreasing her hours and falsely accused her of stealing.
Joung fired Ms. K a little greater than a month after their lunch together, providing her with a termination letter that expressed displeasure along with her “insincere work behaviour.” Prince stated it was clear he made this resolution as a result of he not felt relaxed working with Ms. OKAY.
Ms. OKAY filed a human rights criticism detailing her sexual harassment a pair of months later.
‘Disturbing’ overdue night trespassing
A Few weeks after that, Ms. K and her sister noticed signs that someone were trespassing on their rural property — unfamiliar footprints in the snow, a discarded banana peel and a cup stuffed with cigarette butts with a half-eaten hotdog nearby.
They arrange a surveillance digicam to seize the individual responsible, and at 1 a.m. on March FIVE, 2018, the digicam captured photographs of somebody who gave the impression to be Joung, according to the verdict.
The sisters filed a police document, and despite the fact that Joung denied it was him in the pictures, officials warned him that he’d be in bother if he endured trespassing.
Ms. K and her sister “discovered this trespass onto their property deeply disturbing, and frightening,” the verdict says.
She also gained harassing calls and texts to her unlisted number — one caller said he’d found her quantity written on a $20 bill with guarantees of phone sex. Alternatively, Prince wrote that she was unable to finish that Joung was once responsible for the calls.
General, Prince mentioned it was clear Joung misused his energy over Ms. OKAY, then set out on a campaign of intimidation whilst she tried to carry him responsible.
Joung has been ordered to stop discriminating at the foundation of intercourse and will need to pay hobby on the amount he owes to Ms. OK if it’s not paid straight away.