Casual Employee Fired for Complaining of Work Harassment
A casual employee contended that it was no coincidence that she stopped getting work assignments and eventually lost her job after filing “respectful workplace” complaints against her co-workers. The Manitoba Labour Board agreed and awarded her nearly $7.5K in damages. The mere timing of events, i.e., complaint followed by removal from the casual list, created a presumption of reprisal that the employer failed to explain or rebut [U.C. v Marymound Inc., 2019 CanLII 14685 (MB LB), Feb. 6, 2019].