Most cases of bullying in Quebec preventable

97 per cent of complaints settled out of court
||Last Updated: 10/24/2007

Most complaints of psychological harassment in Quebec could have been avoided, according to a new report.

“In light of the complaints received, we find that instances of reproachable conduct could have been avoided if preventative measures had been put in place in these undertakings,” said André Brochu, executive director of Quebec’s Commission des normes du travail.

Three years after Quebec introduced its anti-psychological harassment legislation, an analysis of the 6,850 complaints filed found half of the employees tried, unsuccessfully, to solve the situation before filing a complaint. Another 38 per cent did not report the situation to their employer before contacting the commission.