Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination at Work
Harassment, bullying, and discrimination. What do they all have in common? These three may all represent examples of human rights violations, occupational health and safety concerns or otherwise constitute a breach of the terms of employment and have no place in the workplace.
Not Your Typical Bully: Calgary Employment Lawyer Explains
Our clients are often surprised by how we define bullying in the workplace. For the most part, people picture the workplace bully as someone who makes jokes or demeaning comments about their coworkers in the lunchroom. Although this is one example of unacceptable conduct at work, bullying at work can be subtle, painful, and often goes unaddressed.
Some other examples of discrimination or bullying at work include:
- Excluding someone from work events/meetings
- Spreading gossip and rumours
- Creating impossible tasks or deadlines
- Undermining someone’s work or opinions
- Constant criticism and negative comments
At the end of the day, if someone’s words or actions are making you feel unsafe, uncomfortable or isolated in the workplace, you may be dealing with a bully.
Employers should be accountable for bullying.
Bullying, no matter how subtle, is still a form of aggression. Unfortunately, this type of behaviour can often escalate, and the results can be damaging.
Unwanted and inappropriate advances, comments and aggression are forms of unacceptable workplace behaviour. They should never be tolerated at work.
Remember: depending on the facts, harassment,bullying and discrimination at work may be violations of your human rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act and Canadian Human Rights Act. The legislation set by the provincial and federal governments is clear about how these types of situations should be dealt with and what forms of conduct are prohibited. What’s more, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Alberta) also recognizes this behaviour as a workplace hazard and puts forward various obligations for employers to adhere to.
Perhaps more importantly, harassment, bullying and discrimination at work may also breach the express and implied terms of your employment agreement. If the workplace misconduct is sufficiently serious, it may give rise to a constructive dismissal scenario, entitling you to damages. We are here to help make sense of it all.
The unfortunate reality about these types of violations is that victims often feel like they don’t have a voice. Perhaps they have told their bully (or bullies) that they are uncomfortable and to stop. Or worse still, they’ve also approached their employer and have been ignored by Human Resources personnel, or the “investigation” undertaken by HR was improperly completed.
The bottom line is this: you should never feel unsafe, isolated or harassed in the workplace. Our team of dedicated employment lawyers will help you speak up against this unacceptable conduct and see to it that it ends once and for all. We’ll hold your workplace bully and your employer accountable.
If you think you may have become the subject of workplace harassment, bullying, intimidation or discrimination, let’s put an end to it.
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End Bullying at Work: Don’t be Afraid to Seek Help
If it does not end, and you are not reasonably accommodated and protected, we will vigorously prosecute a human rights complaint or a civil action for constructive dismissal inclusive of a claim for damages on your behalf against your employer.
We’ve got your back and really dislike bullies and their perpetrators. Like, really dislike.