...The tribunal has ordered Kitchener-based Christian Horizons to compensate Connie Heintz, 39, and to end a prohibitive code-of-conduct contract for its 2,500 employees.
The contract, which all staff must sign, forbids workers from cheating on their spouses, having pre-marital sex or homosexual relationships, using pornography and "endorsing" alcohol or tobacco, among other things...
So Christian Horizons must now pay Heintz $23,000, plus interest.
That includes $5,000 for "the wilful and reckless infliction of mental anguish."
The charitable organization must also undergo "basic human-rights training for all employees and adopt an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy."
Personally, I'm on the fence on this one. If this was a case of a Catholic parish hiring a staff member who turned out to be gay, would they have the right to ask that person to resign?
Would they be forced to hire an openly gay person even if it conflicts with the church dogma?
It certainly indicative of the ongoing dichotomy between freedom of religion vs. the state.