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Disabled woman who made $1.25 per hour axed

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Compensation | 0 comments

Unaware of minimum wage, Ontarian seeks more compensation
By KARENA WALTER, QMI Agency

Terri-Lynn Garrie has a developmental disabiliy and went to the Human Rights Tribunal becuse she earned $1.25 an hour or less for 10 years. (JULIE JOCSAK/QMI Agency)

ST. CATHARINES, ONT. – Terri-Lynn Garrie loved to work, even if she was being paid less than the price of a cup of coffee an hour.

Work gave her a sense of purpose, a schedule to keep and a group of people to talk with every day.

She didn’t know $1.25 an hour was less than the going rate – less than what the other workers at a St. Catharines, Ont., wine bottling company allegedly made, those who didn’t have developmental disabilities.

But $1 to $1.25 an hour is what Garrie, a 43-year-old St. Catharines woman, claimed in a Human Rights Tribunal case she was paid for a decade of full-time work before being fired Oct. 26, 2009.

And that’s what she earned in compensation when local wine-bottling company Janus Joan Inc. was ordered to pay $2,678.50 for lost wages based on her $1.25 a hour.

In May, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario also awarded her $15,000 after it found she was discriminated against on the basis of disability when she was terminated.

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