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Harassment policies to become mandatory for Alberta workplaces Wednesday, November 09, 2016 07:34 PM MST Years of relentless workplace bullying made Wendy Gaucher-Bigcharles' life a "living nightmare." After enduring a campaign of psychological violence that reached the Alberta Human Rights Commission, she realized there was a gap in the province's labour law — there was no requirement for workplaces to have a harassment policy. About 70 per cent of Alberta workplaces do, but the lack of legislation means they can't be enforced. Gaucher-Bigcharles visited her local MLA, Craig Coolahan, who on Wednesday tabled a private member's bill in the legislature to plug that gap. It will amend occupational health and safety laws to make harassment policies mandatory for Alberta businesses, and provide victims of workplace bullying the ability to lodge a complaint with occupational health and safety. "Everyone has the right to a workplace free from harassment," Coolahan said. Alberta Bullying executive director Linda Crockett was beside herself Wednesday after the bill was tabled. "I didn't think I would see it in my lifetime," she said. The attitude of "suck it up" or "don't be so sensitive" is so pervasive, she said, that people begin to doubt themselves and what they're hearing and seeing. "No matter how many policies there are, they have no effect unless employers are held to account," she said. "That's what makes (this legislation) so powerful. Now ...

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