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 JPAK Employment Lawyers have successfully advised and represented individuals in hundreds of workplace harassment cases in Ontario. We are here to help.