$125K fine for workplace violence

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An Ontario organization providing children's mental health services and youth support has been hit with a $125,000 fine after one of its employees was physically assaulted in the workplace.

In the incident, a recent recruit was working on the detention and custody unit for boys when they directed a youth to return to his room for the night. The boy became agitated, entered the staff office and repeatedly struck the worker. 

A colleague who intervened in the assault was also injured and both workers suffered physical and psychological injuries as a result of the attack.

The agency, Kinark Child and Family Services, pleaded guilty to failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to protect a worker from workplace violence or the risk of violence from a resident.

Justice of the Peace Liisa Ritchie imposed the fine in Burlington court earlier today. A 25 per cent victim fine surcharge was also enforced, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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