Mean Nortel workers not a matter for the courts

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McConnell v. Altenburg (2001), 109 A.C.W.S. (3d) 913 (Ont. S.C.J.)

The plaintiff, a refrigeration mechanic at Nortel since July 1991, brought actions against Nortel and her union. Against Nortel the plaintiff sought damages for mental pain and distress, suffering, assault and harassment. Against the union she claimed damages for a breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of the duty of fair representation.

The plaintiff alleged a number of Nortel employees engaged in a continuing pattern of abusive and harassing behaviour towards her and that neither her employer or her union took steps to protect her from such treatment or remedy the situation.