Personal harassment liability always a danger for employers

Only Quebec and Saskatchewan workers have statutory protection but employers in other provinces can be nailed by the courts
By James Heeney
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The treatment of employees in the workplace has received significant attention by both government lawmakers and the courts within the last decade, particularly in relation to personal harassment or bullying by co-workers or employers. Recent legislation introduced in Saskatchewan relating to “psychological harassment” in the workplace has revived the discussion on the liability employers face for personal harassment. Saskatchewan is only the second province in Canada (Quebec was the first) to enact legislation designed to protect employees in this area. The questions this raises are: what do these provisions protect against and what, if any, protections exist for employees in other provinces?


Quebec was the first province in Canada to enact legislation specifically prohibiting psychological harassment, passing the