It’s never okay — Preventing violence and harassment in the workplace

The battle against workplace harassment and violence is heating up — on the news, in the courts and in legislatures
By Thomas Gorsky
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/25/2015

On Nov. 12, 2005, nurse Lori Dupont was murdered by a physician with whom she worked at a Windsor hospital. The murder did not occur out of the blue. It was the culmination of a series of escalating incidents of harassment which were no secret to hospital management. But management had done little to nothing to protect Dupont. At that time, with the exception of Quebec, no jurisdiction in North America had laws in force to specifically address violence or harassment in the workplace. Today, things have changed.