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As of May 25,2019 our new address is:

802 13th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0L2
Nothing else will change.

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What constitutes workplace bullying

The term bully makes many people think of schoolyard punks, but that’s not the only place where this invidious conduct occurs. Sadly, many Alberta workers are victims of workplace harassment. While employment law protects against bullying, it is a term that is elusive to define.

Bullying involves inappropriate or unwelcome behaviour by one employee against another. It could be one single occurrence or a series of continuing incidents. Bullying might involve physical abuse, though it most often causes psychological harm.

The following behaviour is workplace bullying:

  • Hostility and rudeness, showing a disrespect of an employee or co-worker
  • Intimidating and threatening behaviour
  • Abuse of power
  • Acts that deliberately interfere with the work of the target

Examples of workplace bullying:

  • Making written or verbally offensive comments or jokes
  • Spreading gossip or rumours
  • Isolating or excluding
  • Insulting or putting down
  • Intimidation by making inappropriate gestures or standing too close
  • Stealing credit or praise for work well done
  • Taking away responsibilities or work without a valid cause
  • Unreasonable deadlines and demands
  • Constantly interfering with work
  • Frequently changing guidelines
  • Tampering with equipment or personal belongings, stalking, spying and pestering

The following behaviour is not regarded as bullying:

  • Denying requests for leave or training with a valid reason
  • Measuring or evaluating an employee’s work performance
  • Enforcing procedures and workplace policies
  • Providing a worker with constructive feedback
  • Having a private discussion about disciplinary action
  • Suspending, dismissing, reprimanding or demoting an employee with just cause

Employees in Alberta who believe they are victims of workplace bullying are entitled to report it to the employer, who must take appropriate action. If the situation is not addressed, it can be reported to higher authorities, and legal action might be the most appropriate way to resolve it.

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