WCB Ruling Sets Legal Precedent Regarding Workplace Bullying

In recent Canadian OH&S News legal precedent has been set in relation to WCB insurance and bullying in the workplace.  Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island (WCB) recently awarded benefits to a Hazelbrook, P.E.I. woman, after ruling that her husband’s death by cardiac arrest had been linked to workplace bullying.  The reward to the widow was “based on a finding of fact that there was bullying, that there was resultant stress, that that stress was of a degree in severity that induced a heart attack, and that heart attack was fatal,” said her lawyer.  The widow’s lawyer in this case James W. Macnutt explained that he and his colleagues, in preparation for this case, attempted to find legal precedent involving a link between workplace bullying and a fatality.

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