Workplace bullying has become one of the most serious issues employers face today. Nobody wants to be the next organization to make headlines as an employer that allows harassment to go unchecked.
In recent times, media reports of bullying at work have become increasingly common, raising awareness of this issue and, in all likelihood, causing more victims to come forward. These issues cannot be ignored or trivialized; if concerns of bullying and harassment are not handled properly, the consequences can be dire. As a result of the increased public attention to this issue, governments including the one in Ontario have put new laws in place which require specific policies and mandate investigation of harassment allegations.
Most employers and employees are more aware than ever of the damage of workplace bullying and harassment. Simply put, harassment and bullying cannot be tolerated and must be immediately addressed. Proper investigations must be conducted in order to assess the veracity of any complaint or suspicion, so that appropriate action can be taken. In some instances, that will involve addressing false allegations of harassment; unfortunately, some employees confuse managing with bullying, while others strategically make false allegations.
We will advise you on how to address these issues in a proactive manner and, when facing specific instances, act quickly and decisively to remedy the situation.
A neutral investigation conducted or guided by our lawyers can help employers to assess an allegation and plan the appropriate course of action, minimizing liability and eliminating conduct which can poison the workplace.