October 05, 2022 15:34 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
Congress leaders removed as parliamentary panel heads of home, IT | Encounter breaks out in Shopian soon after Amit Shah reaches Kashmir | PM Modi speaks to Volodymyr Zelenskiy as Ukraine battles Russian forces | Telangana CM KCR to launch National Party tomorrow | 'I am gutted but...': Jasprit Bumrah reacts to missing out from T20 World Cup
Canada: Ontario court settlement reclassifies volunteers as employees, sets new precedent Ontario
Ontario Superior Court of Justice/Credit Wikimedia Commons

Canada: Ontario court settlement reclassifies volunteers as employees, sets new precedent

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 11 Aug 2022, 10:03 pm

Ottawa/IBNS: An Ontario court has approved a settlement between the organizations that ran student travel excursions and former trip leaders who argued they were not paid as employees after more than four years after the class action lawsuit was launched.

The suit alleged trip leaders of student trips with travel firm S-Trip were classified as volunteers while they were doing the work of employees.

As a result, an agreement has been reached by the firm’s Toronto-based parent company — I Love Travel — to pay a $450,000 settlement and to reclassify staff on future trips as employees rather than volunteers.

An Ontario Superior Court judge approved the settlement on June 27, according to court documents.

“I was very relieved, very happy for it … just knowing that something can be changed that is going to impact others and not just myself,” D’Andra Montaque, the lead plaintiff on the case who led a student trip to Cuba in 2017 was reported saying.

The class action suit followed reportedly a 2017 CBC Toronto investigative story about the company’s labour practices that detailed how college-age students and recent graduates had to sign a contract that designated them a volunteer though they were explicitly told to expect 14-hour workdays.

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)