Referral to Anger Management Training Wasn’t Racially Discriminatory

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Two workers got into a heated argument over a locker that almost became a fistfight. The company suspended both workers for three days and referred them to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for anger management counselling. The black worker refused, arguing that the company was acting based on a racial stereotype that black men are prone to anger and violence. The Human Rights Tribunal disagreed. The company had thoroughly investigated the incident and imposed the same discipline that was imposed in prior similar situations. In addition, it had referred a number of workers of various races to the EAP for anger management counselling. Thus, there was no evidence the company was motivated by race [Furic v. Knoll North America Corp., [2010] HRTO 1334 (CanLII), June 11, 2010].