Did the Trial Judge err in concluding that Hondas conduct was sufficiently reprehensible to warrant punishment?

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Did the Trial Judge err in concluding that Hondas conduct was sufficiently reprehensible to warrant punishment?

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No The trial judge listed the following acts/aspects as reprehensible: • “that the appellant’s motivation for terminating the respondent was to avoid its obligation to accommodate his disability; • that it attempted to intimidate him into seeing its occupational medicine specialist who employed a hardball approach to employee absence • and that the appellant did all of this in full knowledge of the respondent’s particular vulnerability because of his disability” (para 56) The Court of Appeal for Ontario agreed that these acts were reprehensible especially in the context of an employer denying reasonable accommodation to a vulnerable employee with a disability:

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