Alleged Harasser May Attend Grievance Proceedings

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

Claiming his reputation was at stake, a bakery supervisor applied to attend grievance proceedings in order to hear accusations against him related to allegations of workplace harassment and the union’s charge that the employer was failing to provide a “healthy and safe workplace free of abuse and harassment.”

The union opposed J.G.’s attendance at the hearing.

Before the Arbitrator, the union argued that J.G.’s presence at the hearings could have a chilling effect on union witnesses. And, if J.G. were permitted to attend, the union said, then the proceedings would have to be opened up to the other employees who also participated in the alleged harassment.