Harassment from coworker ignored, alleges Nova Scotia seniors’ home worker

Coworkers’ relationship started ‘on wrong foot’: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/19/2019

A dietary aide, who worked at the Whitehills Long Term Care in Hammonds Plains, N.S., said the employer disregarded her concerns of ongoing mistreatment from a fellow worker.

Joanne Ford had worked at the seniors’ home since 2013, and shortly after she started, Ford said she received a phone call from Helen Paris, continuing care assistant (CCA), who was at home. Paris told Ford that she wanted to kiss her first before another CCA could.

Ford, who is gay, testified this made her upset and she immediately hung up. Later, Paris apologized and Ford told her not to do so again. Ford also reported the incident to her supervisor.