Guidelines unclear on intimidation, harassment

Preventing harassment does not mean eliminating difficult conversations: Lawyer
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/28/2012

Dietary workers at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ont., are accusing their employer of intimidating them by showing a clip from the 2000 film Meet the Parents during a staff meeting earlier this year.

In the movie scene, Robert De Niro’s character corners his future son-in-law, played by Ben Stiller, after finding drug paraphernalia. De Niro reminds Stiller of his “circle of trust.”

“If I can’t trust you, Greg, I have no choice but to put you outside the circle. Once you’re out, you’re out,” he says. “There’s no coming back. I will be watching you, studying your every move. I will bring you down, baby. I will bring you down to Chinatown.”