Soured friendship not hostile workplace

Acrimonious relationship between co-workers who were former friends not enough to create a poisoned work environment: Court
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

An Alberta employee who had a falling out with a co-worker who was a former friend was not forced out by a hostile work environment, the Alberta Provincial Court has ruled.

Pamela Lamb joined Calgary-based Gibbs Gage Architects as a receptionist in 2002. In 2006, she told the firm she would resign if she wasn’t given more responsibility, so Gibbs Gage made her an office administrator.

Lamb became friends with Lynne McCormick, an accountant — and later Gibbs Gage’s controller — who started at the firm around the same time. In late 2007, Lamb became pregnant and the two women spent less time with each other, eventually cooling their friendship. Both were upset about the end of the friendship but neither was sure why it happened.