Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More silliness from the Tribunals


Unlike Ezra Levant, I find nothing redeemable about McDonald's - the food is disgusting. Just because it's clean doesn't make it worth eating. I remember thinking when I first moved to Toronto 20 years ago that I really didn't like the idea of buying food from people who looked so miserable preparing and serving it. The stories a friend of mine told about working at one location (including one co-worker's boast of urinating in the shake machine while cleaning at night) didn't convince me that ordering your employees to stay clean was all that effective. But this is just ridiculous:

Datt wouldn't wash her hands. She just wouldn't -- she said she couldn't. So her employment was terminated. The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ordered that McDonald's pay her not only $23,000 for "lost income", but an additional $25,000 for her "dignity and self-respect". You see, in B.C. a food preparation worker's self-respect trumps a company's commitment to cleanliness. They violated her "human rights".

The $50,000+ penalty -- plus several years of legal fees and medical and rehab experts -- isn't the worst of it. Inventing a "human right" for a worker to go to the bathroom and then to handle meat without washing her hands in between, as an excuse for that $50,000 shakedown isn't the worst of it either.

The worst of it is that the BCHRT has ordered that McDonald's, in paragraph 298 of the decision, to "cease the discriminatory conduct or any similar conduct and refrain from committing the same or similar contravention."

Beena Datt and her filthy hands are gone. But the restaurant has been ordered not to enforce its hand washing policy in any future cases like Datt's.

1 Comment:

NIAC said...

Can I get the lawyer's name and address? I want my Human Rights protected as not eating Human Excrement is likely a Right, right?