A couple of years ago, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal ("WSIAT") statute-barred a constructive dismissal claim for chronic mental stress arising from a poisoned work environment, along with claims for aggravated, moral and punitive damages, which meant that employees would not be able to pursue such claims before the courts.
If this case is upheld on appeal, this decision suggests that if an employee quits because of workplace harassment, then the employee will not be able to bring a constructive dismissal in the courts in some cases.
Bullying is usually seen as acts or verbal comments that could “mentally” hurt or isolate a person in the workplace. Sometimes, bullying can involve negative physical contact as well. Bullying usually involves repeated incidents or a pattern of behaviour that is intended to intimidate a particular person or group of people.