All employees have rights under Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
These laws are designed to protect workers from an extremely wide range of unsafe and unhealthy work conditions—from heavy machinery, to toxic chemicals, to workplace violence and sexual harassment. These laws are also designed to stop workplace harassment and workplace violence. No employee should have to sacrifice their health or their safety in order to do a job.
Employers can be sanctioned for failing to ensure a healthy and safe workplace. In Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board deals with complaints under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which outlines the rights of workers and the responsibilities of all workplace staff to ensure a safe environment.
If you are fired as a result of your complaint to your employer about occupational health and safety issues, this is known as a reprisal. Reprisals are illegal. If your employer has committed a reprisal against you, you can either sue them for wrongful dismissal or file a complaint under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. Talk to a Levitt LLP employment lawyer in Toronto so we can determine your course of action.