Workplace Harassment And Bullying
When you think about workplace safety, you probably first think about your physical well-being. However, the terms “workplace violence”, “harassment” and “bullying” cover a broad spectrum of behaviours, and legislation has been enacted to protect workers from behaviours that threaten both physical safety and mental well-being.
Simply stated, you have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment free from harassment and bullying.
In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to have procedures for employees to come forward and report harassment or bullying and to have those claims investigated without fear of retaliation or reprisal. Because bullying and harassment are difficult to define, each situation must be assessed individually.
What You Need To Know
- Employers are required to have policies and procedures to support you in making a complaint if you are experiencing harassment
- Harassment can include:
- Unwelcome words or actions known to be offensive, embarrassing or demeaning
- Behaviour that intimidates, isolates or discriminates
- Repeated words or actions or a pattern of behaviours that are unwelcome
- In certain circumstances harassment can lead to a successful claim of constructive dismissal which can be the basis for negotiating an arrangement whereby employment will end with appropriate financial support
How We Can Help
Because we also have experience in workplace investigations we can provide valuable support in understanding what to expect from beginning to end, such as:
- Assessing the situation and determine options for moving forward
- Walking you through the process of filing a complaint
- Helping you understand what to expect after a complaint is filed
- Providing advice once the investigation is complete
In addition, Morrison Reist Krauss works with people who have been accused of harassment and bullying, to help them navigate and understand the process.
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