uManitoba carpentry shop management criticized for allowing offensive comments

February 2, 2011

An arbitrator has rebuked the management of the University of Manitoba's carpentry shop for allowing racism, homophobia, and belittling and disparaging of individuals. In a ruling handed down Monday, the arbitrator concluded that uManitoba "breached its obligation to ensure, so far as reasonably practical, a safe, healthy, and respectful workplace for all employees in the Fort Garry carpentry shop." The arbitrator ordered the institution to write apologies and provide compensation of $1,000 each to several employees. A uManitoba official says a "university investigation determined changes were necessary -- including bringing in a new manager." Winnipeg Free Press