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Bullying, Harassment and the Workplace

Bullying, Harassment and the Workplace

Employers in Canada have a legal duty to provide their employees with a safe working environment, one free of discrimination, psychological harassment and bullying. This duty includes the responsibility to:

  • Implement policies addressing harassment
  • Take complaints of harassment seriously
  • Investigate claims objectively, neutrally and in good faith
  • Take corrective measures when necessary to prevent reoccurrence

If you feel you have been a victim of bullying or harassment in the workplace, speak with Pak Smith Employment Lawyers. We provide dedicated resources on every case in order to help fully explore your rights, options and suitable legal strategies. We are experts in workplace harassment law.


What is Workplace Harassment?

Harassment can be a single incident or a series of behaviours that persist over time.

Generally speaking, behaviours that may amount to workplace harassment include:

  • Offensive name-calling, insults or jokes
  • Belittlement in front of colleagues or customers
  • Threatening or intimidating conduct
  • Acting in a deceitful or malicious manner
  • Unjustified criticisms about performance
  • Imposing excessive or unjustified discipline
  • Engaging in discriminatory behaviour

It is important to keep in mind that not all bad behaviour on the part of a manager or co-worker amounts to unlawful conduct. In the end, no workplace is immune from the occasional personality clash with prickly coworkers or bad managers. However, there can be a fine line between poor management and unlawful harassment.

If you are a victim of workplace harassment, consult with an expert in employment law before taking any steps. The lawyers at Pak Smith have successfully advised and represented individuals in hundreds of workplace harassment cases in Ontario. We are here to help.


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