Employers: Don’t let workplace harassment catch you off guard (On law)

Clear policies, commitment can prevent harassment
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|CHRR, Report on Employment Law|Last Updated: 10/17/2007

Workplace harassment is an unpleasant issue for employers and employees, but it’s an issue that must be addressed in every workplace. Employers have an obligation to provide a workplace free of harassment under human rights legislation. Harassment cases make frequent appearances in the courts and employers are often in deep trouble once it gets to that point.

Shahram Dastghib, a painter at Richmond Autobody in North Vancouver, B.C., was found to have been discriminated against when he was fired for reacting angrily to harassment from his supervisor and co-workers.

Lionel Gough, a seasonal labourer for C.R. Falkenham Backhoe Services, a Nova Scotia construction business, was subjected to humiliating and racist comments and incidents over eight years with the company, which caused him to take stress leave.