Bullied Employee? Know Your Legal Rights

The law protects employees from Workplace and Cyber Bullying.  The statistics in Ontario are staggering. Many organizations think that harassment, violence and bullying do not affect their workplace however, the prevalence is high. According to a recent study conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute: 

  • 37 percent of workers have been bullied: 13 percent currently and 24 percent previously;
  • 40 percent of bullied individuals never tell their employers and 62 percent of employers who are told ignore the problem, hoping that it will stop on its own, not knowing what to do or normalizing this damaging behaviour; and
  • 45 percent of targets suffer stress-related health problems.

Workplace Bullying

The repeated, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour directed towards a worker, or group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety. Bullying is a workplace issue. Sometimes it is hard to know if it's happening in the workplace.  Sometimes, there's a fine line between strong management and bullying. Workplace Bullying can have a negative impact on the workplace and on the individual. It is the legal duty of an employer to protect the mental and physical health of employees. That means protection from harassment, violence and bullying.

Cyber Bullying​

With the growing concern over cyber-bullying, especially with intimate images, a recent case in Ontario ​Jane Doe 464533 v. ND  created a new tort of Public Disclosure of Private Facts, in an effort to curb inappropriate online behaviour. The claimant in that case was awarded $100,000 in damages, comprised of $50,000 in general damages, $25,000 in aggravated damages, and $25,000 in punitive damages, as a result of the especially egregious nature of the facts of that case. The findings send a strong message to the community that online bullying will not be tolerated.

If you, or someone you love, has suffered from workplace or cyber bullying, please contact Rose Law Firm and we will advise you on the best path to obtain compensation.

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