Flirty nurse gets too close to receptionist

Nurse claimed interaction was consensual but receptionist claimed sexual harassment
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/03/2013

This instalment of You Make the Call involves an employee who was accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour against a co-worker outside of work.

The 55-year-old employee was a registered nurse at The Hamlets at Penticton, a long-term care facility in Penticton, B.C., operated by Osprey Care. He started there in February 2009.

When a young female receptionist started working at the facility in September 2010, the nurse began to flirt with her. The receptionist didn’t like it, but since she was a new employee she wasn’t sure how to handle it. On Oct. 4, 2010, the nurse slapped her backside as they were talking in the facility. She asked him to stop and he said he would. However, he did it again the next day. The nurse denied both incidents and only admitted to flirting with her.