Safety officer not safe from harassment

Employee’s complaints met with inaction and termination; tribunal awards $32,000 for harassment and discrimination
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/03/2009

Three Alberta companies have been ordered to pay a total of $32,000 to a former employee after the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal determined she was sexually harassed at a construction site and fired after complaining about it.

Kori Harrison, 28, was hired by Calgary-based Nixon Safety Consulting (NSC) in October 2005 to be a safety officer at a condominium construction site in Kelowna, B.C. NSC was contracted by Calgary-based Navigator Development Corporation to provide safety services at the site. Navigator, in turn, was contracted to do concrete work at the site by Con-Forte, a construction company in charge of the project and also based in Calgary.