Harassed worker not entitled to compensation for traumatic stress: Tribunal

Worker's compensation is for conditions arising from single unexpected incident, not ongoing harassment, says tribunal
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Ontario worker who claimed to have been harassed at work is not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for traumatic stress that resulted from the harassment, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal has ruled.

The female employee worked as a data entry clerk with a large retail store for nine years. She claimed she was repeatedly harassed by her co-workers and it was tolerated by the store.

The employee claimed a co-worker call her a “dumb African,” a “pretty face” and a “stupid person” after a disagreement on work duties. She told a supervisor, who spoke to the co-worker.