Employer puts end to union representative's harassment

Union unsuccessfully tried to stop worker’s intimidation and harassment internally
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/18/2015

Employers are becoming more sensitive and aware of harassment and bullying in the workplace – both through their own initiative and increasing legal pressure from governments and interest groups looking to protect employees. Increased awareness of mental health in the workplace is also linking it as a contributing factor to the condition.

It all means that employers find themselves having to take measures to address harassment, bullying and violence in the workplace when they become aware of it and have policies in place to prevent it. There is an added factor in a unionized workplace but ultimately, it’s the employer’s responsibility to protect its employees from harassment – even if the union prefers to handle things internally.