Workplace violence and health and safety

Relation between workplace harassment and workplace health and safety
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/16/2014

Question: If an employee is harassed or threatened by another employee at work, this raises concerns about harassment and workplace violence. Does this also relate to an employer’s obligations under occupational health and safety legislation or are these things usually kept separate legally?

Answer: Any time an employee is harassed, threatened or subjected to violence at work, it will relate to an employer’s obligation to provide a safe workplace.

That obligation, in turn, relates to occupational health and safety legislation, so the issues are certainly not separate.