A few jokes and no complaint means no sexual harassment

Worker said he was offended by 3 jokes posted in lunchroom and off-colour comment by manager, but his anxiety was attributable to altercation with co-worker
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/17/2019

A British Columbia worker who was offended by a handful of sexualized jokes posted at work but didn’t tell anyone about it was not subjected to sexual harassment, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ruled.

Envirogreen Technologies is a company that provides treatment and disposal solutions for contaminated materials and soils. Headquartered in Langley, B.C., Envirogreen operates a hazardous waste treatment facility in Princeton, B.C. The company operates its waste disposal business from April through December and runs in maintenance mode during the winter months.

The Princeton facility employed mostly labourer positions and the workforce was all male until August 2016, when Envirogreen hired Katrina Graham as facility administrator. At the time, there were 20 men working at the facility.