Long-Service Worker Fired for Harassment of Co-Worker

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/05/2011

Prevented from returning to work by the terms of a conditional discharge for a criminal conviction for harassing a fellow employee, a worker at a manufacturing plant was fired after repeatedly ignoring his employer’s requests for information about his status.

Employed for 33 years as a machine operator at a manufacturing plant, S.C. became attracted to A, who also worked at the plant. Considerably younger than S.C., A was in a managerial position outside the bargaining unit with no supervisory duties with respect to S.C.

Beginning in early 2004, S.C. began to make A the object of his unwelcome attentions, asking for her telephone number and attempting to arrange outings. When repeated attempts to rebuff S.C.’s attentions produced no results, A complained to the manager of Human Resources. A subsequent warning issued to S.C. initially produced results but, after eight months, S.C. resumed his pattern of approaching A in the hallways at work and in the cafeteria. S.C. then began to send A letters professing his love for her and proposing an intimate relationship.