‘Crackhead’ comment cracks employment relationship

Company and owner must pay $30,000 after owner called sales agent with addiction history a ‘crackhead’ to his face and to clients
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/29/2013

Digging up the past

Giving in to anger in the context of the workplace isn’t usually a good idea. Even if there’s no physical altercation, words can land an employer in trouble, especially if it involves a manager verbally dressing down an employee. Sometimes people say things without thinking — or caring — about what they say, and this could lead to bigger trouble if the recipient of the verbal abuse has a disability that’s brought up. If that person’s dignity, feelings or self-respect is damaged in the context of that disability, look out.