Workplace Bullying & Harassment Lawyers
Everyone has the right to be free from bullying, unwelcome comments and conduct and sexual harassment in the workplace. Several laws introduced by the federal and provincial governments protect workers from harassment in the workplace (i.e. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act) and provide compensation in case of a breach (i.e Ontario’s Human Rights Code).
Bullying, or harassment can come in many forms, including:
- Unwelcome or hurtful remarks about race, religion, sex, or age any other grounds of discrimination;
- Unwelcome physical contact;
- Intimidation, belittling and unprofessional feedback;
- Threats or intimidating remarks; and
All employers must both prevent harassment and respond to harassment if it occurs. In this regard, employers are obligated to prepare and review a policy on workplace harassment at least once a year. As well, employers must investigate all harassment complaints. After an investigation, a report of the investigation’s findings should be made. Finally, the employer must resolve the issue in whatever way possible.
If the employer or an employee of the employer is guilty of harassment, or failing to prevent harassment, the employer can be fined, ordered to change its policies, make accommodations, and compensate the victim financially as much as $200,000 or more. Moreover, you could be entitled to quit your job and claim termination pay plus employment insurance (i.e. claim constructive dismissal), which you wouldn’t normally be able to do if you resigned without good reason.
Dutton Employment Law is a workplace bullying / harassment law firm.
If you believe that you have been harassed at work, contact a Toronto bullying / harassment lawyer today. It is imperative that you consult an employment lawyer as soon as possible to help you protect your rights.