Safety officer not safe from harassment

B.C. employee’s complaints met with inaction and termination — awarded $32,000
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2009

Three Alberta companies have been ordered to pay a total of $32,000 to a former employee after the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal determined she was sexually harassed at a construction site and then fired after complaining about it.

Kori Harrison was hired by Calgary-based Nixon Safety Consulting (NSC) in October 2005 to be a safety officer at a condominium construction site in Kelowna, B.C. NSC was contracted by Calgary-based Navigator Development to provide safety services at the site. Navigator, in turn, was contracted to do concrete work at the site by Con-Forte, a construction company in charge of the project and also based in Calgary.

Harrison began work on Oct. 18, 2005, with a three-month probationary period. She worked at the site office with Greg Ford, the project manager for Navigator, and Rod Goodman, the superintendent of on-site operations for Con-Forte.