Mike was an assistant manager at a big box hardware store. He had been working there for four years.
In recent years, employers have become sensitized to issues of harassment in the workplace. Labour standards have begun to require employers to investigate and deal with harassment issues. When dealing with bullying and abusive employees, however, employers must remember that other than in the most exceptional circumstances, cautioning the employee and giving them a chance to reform is important.
Have you ever been ejected, as a spectator, from an amateur sports event for being mouthy to the referee? Have you ever seen it happen to anyone else or wished that it had?
Employers in Ontario, as of last summer, have an obligation to protect their employees from workplace harassment. “Workplace harassment means engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.”