Bullying and Harassment

If you are a worker and have witnessed or experienced Bullying or Harassment in your workplace, you must report it to your employer. Reports can be made by filling out the  VIU  Bullying and Harassment Investigation Form and submitting it to safety@viu.ca

All allegations of Bullying and Harassment will be assessed. When the allegation meets the WorkSafeBC definition of bullying and harassment it will result in an investigation by VIU. 

What is workplace Bullying and Harassment

  • Includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated

  • Examples of workplace bullying and harassment may include:

    • Verbal aggression or name calling
    • Vandalizing personal belongings
    • Sabotaging work
    • Spreading malicious rumours
    • Humiliating initiation practices / hazing
    • Personal attacks
    • Aggressive / threatening gestures
    • Cyber bullying
  • Bullying and harassment can come from co-workers, supervisors, employers or external sources

 What is not workplace Bullying and Harassment

  • Expressing differences of opinion

  • Offering constructive feedback

  • Making a legitimate complaint about another worker's conduct

  • Any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of the workers or the place of employment

  • Reasonable management actions, including decisions about:

    • Job duties and work to be performed
    • Workloads and deadlines
    • Layoffs, transfers, promotions and reorganizations
    • Work instruction, supervision or feedback
    • Work evaluations
    • Performance management
    • Discipline, suspensions or terminations

Additional Resources

Please refer to the following WorkSafeBC fact sheets: