A woman has claimed that she was fired after speaking about alleged sexual harassment at work.
Dian Greene declared that a male co-worker made inappropriate comments, like telling her that he has a big penis.
Greene filed a complaint before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal against the company and her former co-worker, arguing that she was discriminated against in her employment because of her sex.
Revolution Environmental Solutions, which does business as Terrapure Environmental, and the male employee, Dave Bruyere, denied the allegations.
The company and the male worker applied to have the complaint dismissed without hearing, but this was denied by tribunal member Beverly Froese.
In her reasons for decision, Froese wrote that a “hearing is required to determine whether Ms. Greene was sexually harassed by Mr. Bruyere and whether Terrapure provided her with a harassment‐free workplace”.
“Ms. Greene alleges that her employment was terminated within weeks of being sexually harassed by Mr. Bruyere and raising the issue with the Dispatcher and at least one of her co‐workers,” according to Froese.
Citing submissions before her, Froese related that Greene claimed that the sexual harassment started on her first day of training at work.
Bruyere allegedly asked her “personal questions such as whether she was married and whether she had children”.
“She says that when she and Mr. Bruyere were putting on their coveralls, he complained about how cheaply they were made and said it was hard for him to fit his big penis into them,” Froese noted.
Greene supposed pretended not to hear Bruyere’s comment about the size of his genitals.
“She says Mr. Bruyere repeated the comment about his genital size and she again ignored it,” according to Froese.
Terrapure provides environmental services like waste collection and disposal.
When the two made their first collection stop, Bruyere allegedly told Greene that he is “close friends” with the manager of the company.
“She says that when Mr. Bruyere was showing her how to handle the oil collection hose and fittings at their collection stop, he said, ‘we’ll see if you can handle a three‐inch hose’,” Froese related. “Ms. Greene says she could tell by Mr. Bruyere’s tone and grin that he was not making an innocent comment.”
Later that day, Greene claimed that the company dispatcher called Bruyere on his cell phone, and asked how things were going.
“She says Mr. Bruyere told the Dispatcher that everything was good and that she and Mr. Bruyere had ‘done everything but fuck’,” Froese recounted.
When they returned to the company office in the town of Winfield, Bruyere allegedly “made another inappropriate comment about her being able to handle a three‐inch hose”.
“She also says that when she told Mr. Bruyere she might bring some donuts to work the next day, he responded by saying, ‘I want more than donuts’,” Froese related.
Greene started working for Terrapure in December 2017, and was let go on January 15, 2018.
A week before she was fired, her work vehicle “clipped something in the snow”. She did not immediately report the incident.
“Terrapure says Ms. Greene’s employment was terminated because during the course of her employment she demonstrated unprofessionalism, damaged company property, and failed to comply with company policies and her Employment Agreement,” Froese wrote.
According to Froese, Terrapure also claimed that Bruyere had no part in its decision to fire Greene.