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Can I get Fired for Reporting a Complaint?

As an employee, reporting a complaint for a workplace issue can be a result of various reasons. Whether its a health and safety issue, workplace bullying, or a human rights concern, reporting a complaint can at times appear intimidating. Some employees fear that they could get fired for reporting a complaint. But is this the case?

Employees actually have a right to a safe working environment, which is protected by the Ministry of Labour, Ontario Labour Relations Board, as well as the courts. Where an employee feels that there is a danger to their health, or the health of other individuals in the workplace, they have the right to report this to their employer. Employees cannot be reprimanded, reprised against, or fired for reporting a complaint.

What Should I Do If I Have a Complaint?

If you’re unsure whether or not you should file a complaint, you should discuss it with your supervisor. If your boss doesn’t take complaints seriously, he may even try to disseminate the complaints as legitimate disciplinary action or company restructuring. However, if you’re unsure of your legal rights, it’s best to discuss your concerns with your coworkers. It may be helpful to bring up the complaint as a group, so you can diffuse the ire of the employer.

Christopher Achkar explains more in the short video below.

Can Reporting A Complaint Get You Fired?

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If you are an employer who needs assistance with a reported complaint, or an employee who needs help with an unsafe working environment, our team of experienced workplace lawyers at Achkar Law can help. Contact us by phone toll-free at +1 (800) 771-7882 or email us at [email protected] and we would be happy to assist.

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