AUSTIN, Texas — Ontario is set to pay more than $15 million to three former employees who allege they were fired because they were gay, The Canadian Press has learned.
The civil settlement with former HR manager David Smith, his partner and their son was approved Monday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Smith has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The men were not identified.
The men, including Smith, are suing the province for wrongful dismissal, harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Smith denies the charges and the province agreed to pay the victims a total of $18.8 million.
The province’s lawyer, Richard Linton, said the $15-million civil settlement will be split between the plaintiffs and the company.
The suit alleges Smith and his partners were fired after their company failed to disclose that Smith was gay.
The three men are seeking $2.5 million each.