Struggling With A Hostile Workplace
in Edmonton, Alberta
Every workplace has a culture that is shaped by the people who work there. Office politics is a familiar term, but sometimes politics can turn ugly. This is also true on the jobsite.
Workplace harassment, discrimination or bullying can all create a hostile or “poisoned” environment that may cause you to feel as though you are being forced out. What may begin with one individual can often escalate, as the perpetrators spread their influence and turn your colleagues’ opinion against you. Isolation, acts of sabotage or insulting treatment can make your working situation intolerable and have serious negative effects on your self-respect and self-esteem.
A hostile workplace can feel like a dead-end situation. But it doesn’t have to be. Good legal counsel can help you get away from a hostile workplace and regain your self-respect.
Workplace rights and protections
The Alberta Human Rights Act protects employees from discrimination based on 13 “protected grounds” – race, religious belief, colour, gender, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, ancestry, age, place of origin, family status, source of income, and sexual orientation. Bullying or harassment that stems from discrimination can be dealt with as a human rights complaint.
However, if bullying is not based on any of these protected grounds, another course of action may be necessary. Employees in Canada have successfully brought suits against employers for creating an intolerable working environment, thereby forcing the employee to resign*.
No employee should have to endure bullying or harassment, or be forced to work in a hostile environment. The Lypkie Henderson Employment Law office can help you confront the situation, take action and escape the cycle of abuse.
Contact our Edmonton employment lawyers and take action today
If you live in the greater Edmonton area and you suspect your employee rights have been violated, contact the Lypkie Henderson Employment Law office to arrange a consultation.