BLAW 150: Canadian Business Law Humber College-Winter 2017

April 15th, 2017

BLAW 150:  Canadian Business Law  Humber College-Winter 2017


Professor Dyanoosh Youssefi                  (see below.)



For this assignment, you must answer both Questions 1 and 2.  Read all the instructions carefully before answering the questions.  You will need to use assigned reading as well as lecture materials to answer the questions.

You will be graded on the substance of your answer.  However, you will lose up to 2 (out of 25) marks for unclear answers and improper or incorrect grammar, particularly where such errors render your answers ambiguous, unclear, or incorrect.  You will also lose marks for not following the instructions properly.

I encourage you to verbally discuss your answers with your classmates, but each person must independently write their own responses and hand in their own assignment.   This is not a group exercise.  Copying or using each other’s responses, even where a few or more words or sentences are changed, is cheating and academic dishonesty.  Academic dishonesty will lead to a grade of zero on the assignment, and may lead to an F in the course and/or other disciplinary steps.

Due Date and Submission Format:

The assignments are due on Monday, April 10, at 10:45 a.m.  You must bring a hard copy of the assignment with you to class and hand it in to me.  After 10:55 a.m., there will be a 5% deduction for every 10 minutes that the assignment is late.

As well, you must submit a soft copy of the assignment by email, by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10.

Email your assignment to  Assignments submitted through Blackboard WILL NOT be accepted and will lead to a grade of zero.  Late soft copy submissions will receive a deduction of 5% for every 60 minute delay.  All deductions are cumulative.

If you fail to hand in either the hard copy or the soft copy of the assignment, you will receive a grade of zero on the assignment.

Cover Page:

All assignments require a cover page.  Your cover page should include the name of the college, course name and number, name of the professor, your name, your student number, and the date.

Start working on the assignment right away so that you have time to finish it!


GOOD LUCK!!!                                        

Professor Dyanoosh Youssefi                  (see below.)


Question 1: (7 marks)

Sanduni, a Canadian of Sri Lankan origin, works as the Director of Business Development at Fab Ricky, an Ontario textile importing company that ships clothing and textiles into Canada for sale to retail stores here.   Her job is to procure new business for the company, by wining and dining, and meeting with, businesses across the country.  The company employs 60 people.  Sanduni earns  $65 000/ year, working between 30-60 hours a week, depending on whether she needs to travel for work.  She also sometimes has evening meetings.

Sanduni has been with Fab Ricky for 18.5 years, the last 7 in her current position as Director of Business Development.  She started at Fab Ricky as a graphic artist.  After 2.5 years, she began to work as marketing agent for about 9 years.  Her initial contract with Fab Ricky set out a 3 week termination period.  Each time she was promoted, Sanduni received a higher salary and a new title, but her contract was never modified.

In January of 2016, the company’s owners and management decided that in order to grow the business, they need to have a different image, one that is more “western” or Anglo-Saxon.  They concluded that all employees, such as Sanduni, whose job it is to meet with potential customers and be the public face of the company, should reflect that more western persona.  As a result, they decided to terminate Sanduni’s employment.

Lahiru, Sanduni’s boss, gave Sanduni 12 weeks working notice, during which she is to conclude outstanding business and search for, hire, and train her replacement.

Use the assigned readings from the book as well as lecture materials to answer the questions below.  You need to identify and discuss as many legal issues and potential violations of workplace and employment law as possible.  Refer to the relevant statute(s) and section(s) or caselaw whenever possible.

  1. On the face of it, has there been discrimination under the Human Rights Code? List all the possible grounds of discrimination in the case?  Explain how there may or may not be discrimination in this case?  (300 word maximum) (2 marks)
  2. What argument(s) might the employer raise in its defence? Do you think that the employer’s arguments will meet the Meiorin test and qualify as bona fide occupational requirement? (500 word maximum) (1 mark)
  3. Aside from the potential human rights violations, are there other legal issues with respect to her employment and termination? (Read below.  Use a reasonable amount of information to fill out the table. Do not use extraneous information.) (4 marks)

Answer this question (question 1(c)) using the attached table.  For each issue, you need to clearly state what the law is, and, where possible, cite the source of law (the statute or common law), what facts from the scenario are relevant to the issue, how the law applies to the fact situation, and whether or not you believe there was a violation of the law (conclusion.)  Follow the format taught in class


Professor Dyanoosh Youssefi                  (see below.)


Question 2: (8 marks)

Kayla is the manager of a branch of a finance company.  The annual holiday party was held at a local bar and grill.  After the office holiday party an employee advised Kayla that he had overheard the collections supervisor, Anton, make a pass at and utter vulgar comments to two female employees.

  1. What legal issue is presented in this scenario? Define the legal issue and explain how the legal issue has arisen (what act or conduct is involved.)  (300 word maximum) (3 marks)
  2. As the manager, how should Kayla respond to this situation? Make sure to link the steps that Kayla should take to the fact scenario (300 word maximum) (4 marks)
  3. Clearly list and explain all the risk management steps that Kayla and the finance company need to take, apart from or in addition to the response in b) above. (Make sure that you are linking the steps to the fact scenario.) (300 word maximum) (1 mark)
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