An arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of a unionized employee for one incident of sexual harassment and threats on Facebook.
After an incident at work in which the grievor was displeased with “X”, a female co-worker,...more
An employer that dismissed an employee after a harassment investigation did not breach a previous safety-reprisal settlement with the employee, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has held. In effect, the employer never...more
The fact that an employee had engaged in harassment did not make it foreseeable that he would assault a coworker, a labour arbitrator has held. However, the company’s harassment policy was deficient and needed to be...more
Where a doctor has sexually harassed a nurse, a labour arbitrator has authority to decide how close the doctor should be able to work with the nurse, and under what conditions, an Ontario arbitrator has decided....more
A union member has won a legal battle against local union officials after they engaged in a “campaign” against him that attacked his credibility and resulted in him being subjected to a harassment complaint. ...more
It was not “harassment” for a manager to mention the College of Nurses of Ontario and remind nurses of their professional obligations, an arbitrator has held....more
A provision in a harassment program allowing for a preliminary assessment of complaints, rather than an investigation, and for early dismissal, violates the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an employee is arguing before...more
May an employee, unhappy with how he or she was treated after filing a harassment complaint with the employer, turn to the Ontario Labour Relations Board for a remedy? Up until recently, the answer appeared to be “no”. Two...more
An employee who was fired for fighting after being harassed, did not prove that his harassment or depression caused him to fight. Therefore, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario was wrong to find that his firing was...more
A supervisor’s e-mails to an employee were not harassing, an arbitrator has held, noting the employee’s friendly tone – “great game Thurs night” – and use of the “smiley face” in his replies to the supervisor’s e-mails....more
An employee did not have a right under occupational health and safety legislation to refuse work due to harassment, a Nunavut judge has held....more
Workplace violence and harassment was the most common category of compliance orders made by Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors in a recent compliance blitz in the manufacturing sector....more
Usually employees complain about their managers, not the other way around.
In an interesting case, a group of managers, who complained that their workplace had been poisoned by the employer’s inaction in the face of...more
Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors are conducting a winter safety blitz looking for the following...more