Toxic work environment 2-way street (Legal View)

Safeway clerk harassed but also contributed to problem: Arbitrator
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2013

An Alberta employer failed to ensure it provided a workplace free of harassment for a long-term employee who suffered from depression and poor health as a result of conflict with co-workers, an arbitrator has ruled.

The employee, a 47-year-old bakery clerk, worked at Safeway grocery stores in Calgary over a period of 15 years.

After two years off due to pregnancy and post-partum depression starting in 2006, the clerk was transferred to another store in October 2008, where she was appointed “head girl” of the bakery — a designation given to certain employees who are in charge of scheduling, work co-ordination, priorities and displaying bakery product on time.