Worker unfairly singled out as harasser

Workplace was full of gossip and rumours; employer relied on hearsay to determine worker was responsible
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/20/2015

An Alberta arbitrator has overturned the suspension of a worker singled out for harassment of a co-worker in a gossip-filled work environment.

The worker was employed with Federated Co-operatives (FCL), an Alberta-based company that operated a food warehouse. The worker, a forklift operator with 14 years of service, was one of about 20 employees of Filipino background employed at the warehouse.