25 Apr 2008 Christian Horizons rebuked
Posted at 20:59h in Blog, Criminal Justice 0 CommentsARPA Canada Action Alert: Click here for suggestions on how to respond to the human rights commissions. Employer ordered to compensate fired gay worker, abolish code of conductBy Greg Mercer theRecord.com A provincially-funded Christian group violated the rights of a worker who had to quit her job after revealing she was gay, says the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. 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. That policy violates those workers' basic rights, ruled Michael Gottheil, chair of the tribunal.Heintz's case provided an inside look at the practices of Christian Horizons, an evangelical organization that operates more than 180 residential homes in Ontario for people with developmental disabilities.