$15 Million Lawsuit Alleges Recurring Anti-Semitic Incidents and Seeks Meaningful Reform
Toronto, ON – Diamond and Diamond Lawyers have initiated a class action lawsuit concerning
alleged anti-Semitic incidents at York University. The lawsuit targets both York University and
the York Federation of Students.
The lawsuit represents current students, recent alumni, and attendees from 1998-2021.
The plaintiffs allege they have been made to feel unsafe on campus, silenced, forced to hide
their Jewish identity, been harassed, and even threatened with physical violence.
The defendants are alleged to have shown negligence, specifically in failing to address anti-
Semitic incidents, violating York’s non-discrimination policies, and providing insufficient staff
training on handling harassment.
“York University has not upheld its commitment to its own guidelines and policies, particularly
those vital for ensuring student safety,” states Sandra Zisckind, Managing Partner at Diamond
and Diamond Lawyers. “Owning the campus space in question, they are legally obligated to
demonstrate accountability.” The plaintiffs are looking for immediate action to ensure their
safety and prevent future incidents.
The Plaintiffs highlight a consistent pattern of behaviour, referencing incidents from as early as
2009. In one such incident, Jewish students at York University took shelter from anti-Semitic
protesters in the Hillel office after attending a meeting about teacher assistant strikes.
“Any behaviour that promotes hate, violence, discrimination, or disrupts the educational
environment, as outlined in the ‘Code of Students Rights and Responsibilities,’ indicates a
failure in the University’s duty of care and contradicts its foundational values of respect, equity,
and civility,” said Darryl Singer, head of class actions at Diamond and Diamond Lawyers.
Diamond and Diamond Lawyers are also considering initiating similar class actions at other
universities where comparable incidents have taken place. Those who believe they have
experienced anti-Semitism at York University or any other post-secondary establishment within
Canada are encouraged to contact Diamond and Diamond Lawyers at 1-800-567-HURT.
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Media Contact: Jordan Whelan – (416) 909-6097.