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Personal Harassment or Bullying

What to do when violence erupts in the workplace

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29th Jul 2013

These days, violence in the workplace can be a significant liability for employers, in various ways.

When Dan Gjema was pushed too far by another employee, he pushed him back – literally. Although it cost Mr. Gjema his job, a Manitoba court found in 2012 that his employer was ultimately to blame. more

17th Jul 2013

I have been ignoring the bullying that has happened to me for four-and-a-half years. It came to a halt when I was escorted out of the building like a common criminal. Then they terminated my five-and-a-half year employment, without cause. No one should be subjected to this kind of treatment. I have never had this happen to me before. This is a big black mark on my employment record. What would be my next steps? more

15th Jul 2013

Today, much of the Canadian work force believes they are being “bullied” or “harassed.” But despite statutory definitions and workplace policies attempting to define this behaviour, it is still usually a matter of perception. A tough boss to one employee is often a bully to another. Since bullying and harassment are often in the eyes of the beholder, when do our courts and labour tribunals intervene? And when does bullying or harassment justify a successful lawsuit? more

I recently walked off a job after being sexually harassed. It was reported to my employer and a proper investigation was not conducted. Instead I was put on a shift I couldn’t work and eventually had to leave. The sexual harassment was actually a sexual assault. What are my legal options? Who do I report this to in order to get some action? more

Despite the existence of privacy legislation, privacy-based regulatory bodies, privacy principles and even privacy-based torts (wrongful acts that lead to damages) there is still no clear “right” to privacy for many workers.

This is because most privacy laws are not absolute. They have exceptions and exemptions – or simply don’t apply to the vast majority of employees.

How then does this legal landscape practically affect the rights of Canadian employers and their employees? more

25th Nov 2012

2011 was the year of the employer as this column was replete with examples of employees wrecking their own cases, often through ignorance of the law, indifference, or worse, poor advice. In light of these multiple failures, here is an offering of my top “dos and don’ts” for employees in 2012. more

18th Nov 2012

Having just been advised of the less than impressive results of an “employee satisfaction survey” at the National Bank’s branch in Vaughan, Ontario, Adrian Chandran, the senior manager at the branch, was in shock. To Chandran’s dismay, many of his subordinates accused him of making condescending remarks, embarrassing others and behaving like a bully. Some claimed they contemplated seeking legal advice. Chandran asked for the specifics of those complaints so that he could defend himself, but his request was denied. more

10th Nov 2012

What happens to the workplace bully when he or she is fired for bullying?

Sharon Lynn Rodrigues, a manager at a Dairy Queen in Castlegar, B.C., was a very competent employee. But she was also a bully.

Rodrigues openly swore at work, referred to her staff as “stupid,” arrived late, took long breaks and did not hesitate to criticize other employees for their performance. When she was in a foul mood, she was miserable to be around, and co-workers accused her of being aggressive and verbally abusive. Even the restaurant’s owner was afraid to confront her. more

Worker on sick leave is not legally entitled to paycheque

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9th Oct 2012

I believe I am a victim of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. I have been given medical leave from my family doctor and haven’t received a paycheque from my employer since. After being on medical leave I went to the office to see if my cheque was placed in my mailbox only to find the locks have been changed. A co-worker has said that he was given instructions not to speak to me.

Prior to my medical leave, I was harassed by my employer to sign documents that I believed to be false. I mentioned I would seek legal advice and have the documents reviewed before I signed anything. They approached me again and said if I don’t sign the document they will find someone to replace me.

I am seeking advice and possible legal action. more

7th Oct 2012

I’m getting bullied by most of my co-workers, and when I’ve told my boss that I don’t appreciate it, he tells me I need to relax and be a good sport about it. To him, it’s just fun and games, but it’s been getting me down so much that I’ve got to the point that I hate going in to work. By Sunday night, I feel myself getting stressed out and dreading the next day. I’ve spoken to my boss three times now, and he hasn’t done anything about it and I think he just thinks I’m a “whiner.” If I go to HR, I’m worried it’ll probably just make things worse. I can’t afford to just quit, but if something doesn’t happen soon I’m going to end up on stress leave, anyway. I understand workplace bullying is considered illegal, but how do I prove it, and what can I realistically do about it? more