As a supervisor in BC government, can I be held liable if I am aware of a pattern of sexually inappropriate behavior by

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Customer: As a supervisor in BC government, can I be held liable if I am aware of a pattern of sexually inappropriate behavior by a male worker toward women and don't protect my female staff by making them aware?
JA: Was this discussed with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: A mgr, male, who chuckled and said since I discussed it with the male worker, there was nothing else I needed to do.
JA: Is the workplace "at will" or union? Is the job hourly or salaried?
Customer: union, hourly.
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Customer: the initial incident resulted in mandatory related training for the worker, there have been 3 incidents since. No addressed by management.
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Ulysses101, Expert

Hello, thank you for the question.  Are the other parties in these three subsequent incidents also union members?  Is the offender in the union?  Are you?

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All union with the exception of the manager I spoke with
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Ulysses101, Expert

And what about you?  Are you a member of this labour union?  Just to be clear.

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Hi
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Ulysses101, Expert

OK, so this isn't just a workplace safety issue, it's a question of whether you owe that duty to your fellow union members.

Unless you're in this chain of command, you don't have any positive obligation to take action.  I'm assuming that they aren't, otherwise your course of action should be clear.

But you do have a lesser obligation to the employer to act in the employer's interests generally, which might be met by making an "anonymous report" to HR about this individual.

Check with your shop steward too about the obligation towards your fellow union members.  Keep it strictly hypothetical and private, maybe say that you want a little time with the union's lawyer to discuss an issue of workplace safety in strict confidence.

Does that make sense?

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that does make sense, thank you.
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You're welcome, good luck.

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