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Harassment / Bullying
Harassment and Bullying Services
Harassment In The Workplace
Harassment can range from rude comments and belittling treatment, all the way to unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. Bullying is a little more difficult to define, but generally it is viewed as targeted negative treatment that is designed to intimidate or terrorize another person, and it can include small, insidious things like spreading malicious rumors to social ostracism and exclusion to threats of job loss or even physical violence. Every employer in Alberta is required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to have a policy about harassment and bullying in the workplace, and they are all required to have a process for receiving and investigating complaints. Unfortunately, many employers do not have the necessary policies in place, and even when they do, they often have gaps in them – such as what an employee is supposed to do when the person responsible for receiving harassment or bullying complaints is the harasser or bully in the workplace.
Bullying In The Workplace
When harassment and bullying in the workplace happen without resolution or accountability, they can lead to significant mental distress, mental illness, and physical health issues. They can rob people of careers they love, and create long-lasting, negative impacts.
If you are experiencing harassment and bullying at your workplace, please let us help you. The lawyers at Bow River Law have skill and experience with helping employees resolve toxic work environments where possible, and or advocating for employees’ legal rights where that is necessary. We also have experience helping employers understand their rights and obligations in this area, and helping employers resolve harassment and bullying matters before they escalate into lawsuits.
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- Harassment and/ or bullying in the workplace can be enough for a constructive dismissal claim by an employee in some cases
- An employer has an obligation to keep the workplace safe. If the employer is not taking this obligation seriously, it could have serious civil liabilities to its employees and serious risk of an OH&S inquiry or penalty
Harassment / Bullying FAQ
- My boss is trying to get me to quit. What should I do?
Employers sometimes try to get their employees to quit, because they want to get rid of that employee but they do not want to pay severance. However, depending on what is happening, it might be “constructive dismissal”, and you might still be entitled to severance if you quit. Speak to an employment lawyer for help.
- I am being bullied and harassed at work. Should I just quit?
Bullying and harassment in the workplace can cause a “constructive dismissal” in many cases. Before you issue your notice of resignation, speak with an employment lawyer to determine if you have a case for “constructive dismissal”, and how to leave your toxic workplace while still preserving your legal rights.
- Where can I turn if Harassment and Bullying at work has left me severely depressed?
We can help you with legal representation if you have experienced harassment and bullying at work. If you need psychological help as well, some public information is available at Alberta Health Services.