When the workplace becomes intolerable

Most often, employers will need to invest in replacing a good employee not because he or she might leave for a better job or salary, but because of the ongoing conflict with their superiors.  Some employees might attempt to take the law into their own hands in making demands of the employer with respect to managing its employees.  However, this could be a costly mistake.  It is good to remember that the employer owns the workplace.

Toronto Employment Lawyer, Daniel Lublin in his Globe and Mail column, recently wrote about a situation where a management level employee used her position to verbally humiliate her staff while thinking that she had the right to do so.  When she felt singled out and not supported by her employer in suspending her co-worker, she decided to leave work.  She then put forth an ultimatum to her employer demanding that the company pay her severance to leave, rather than requiring her to return to her job.  The company was not impressed with her ultimatum and treated her actions as a resignation.  The Court agreed and her case before it was dismissed.

For specific advice, it is always best to consult with an employment lawyer; however, Mr. Lublin suggests some general key points to consider when it comes to workplace conflicts in his latest article, Remember who calls the legal shots at work.