Rumours poisoned work environment, employee says

Toronto Community Housing Corporation could have done more: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/06/2015

An employee has won her case against the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), alleging the public housing agency did not do its due diligence in ensuring the work environment was free from discrimination and harassment.

The grievor, parking officer Janice Gordon, filed two main complaints against the TCHC back in 2007. She claimed she was subjected to vicious rumours and gossip at the hands of her co-workers, who wrongfully suggested she was having an affair with her superiors, and that is why she was perceived to be receiving preferential treatment.

According to Gordon’s union, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the employer violated the collective agreement, particularly the non-discrimination and sexual harassment clauses, as well as the Human Rights Code and Occupational Health and Safety Act.