Long-service worker fired for harassment

The Arbitrator decided repeated, sexually charged behavior was not in fun. Co-worker was repeatedly asked to stop, but persisted.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

A senior worker at a steel mill was fired for physical and quasi-sexual harassment of a fellow employee. The union grieved the termination, arguing that the events in question amounted to horseplay with no sexual intent.

Hired in 1979, P.E. worked in metallurgy and quality control before shifting to the Bi Product department in 2009. There were six on the crew in that department, including M.W. who began at the company in August 2008.

Some two weeks after P.E. joined the crew, M.W. began to experience problems with P.E.’s conduct.