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June 2017 Archives

Former senator investigated for harassment

An inquiry into a former senator accused of harassing his employees should continue, according to the Senate ethics committee. Calgary residents may be familiar with the ongoing story of Don Meredith, a former Canadian senator who has been accused of sexual harassment during his tenure on the senate. Despite his resignation from the position, government authorities believe he should still be investigated just as though he was still a government employee in the interest of fairness to his alleged victim. 

New app allows victims to report harassment

Hostile workplaces are tragically common across Canada. Calgary residents may have had experience with workplace harassment in their own jobs, or likely know someone who has. Often, these incidents go unreported, usually because people fear reprisal for coming forward. Now, an American company is offering an alternative: an app that allows victims to anonymously report harassment in the workplace. 

20 Uber drivers fired after harassment probe

Popular ride-sharing company Uber has been the subject of scrutiny in the media almost ever since it opened its doors. Now, an increase of complaints against the company by its drivers has prompted an inquest into the company's policies when it comes to dealing with workplace harassment. Calgary residents may be interested to know that the company has taken action, firing some 20 employees in Detroit. 

Handling harassment in the workplace

Incidences of inappropriate behaviour in workplaces have been prominent in the news of late. Most notably, Calgary residents might have heard about FOX's Bill O'Reilly being fired for alleged harassment. This brings into stark relief the issue of workplace harassment even north of the border, where it is still a major problem in Alberta businesses. Generally speaking, it is the responsibility of an employer to ensure a safe and secure workplace for all employees.

Is moonlighting ground or employment termination?

Any one of many circumstances can cause financial hardship that might force Alberta residents to seek additional incomes. Those who are fortunate enough to secure a second job may resolve their economic issues. However, in some cases, employers do not approve of employees moonlighting with other companies. Does that give them grounds to consider an employee's termination?


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