A B.C. worker with a slurred speech disorder who was called a “retard” by his boss has won the right to another hearing before the Workers Compensation Board.
Giorgio Cima was working as a sales representative for Intact Distributors in Delta three years ago when he developed a speech impediment which progressively got worse.
He claims he was bullied and harassed by his supervisor, and it came to a head on Christmas night in 2013 when he received a disturbing text message from his boss.
“Merry Xmas a buddy! Not every flower can say love, but a rose can. Not every plant survives a thirst, but a cactus can. Not every retard can read, but look at you go, little buddy!! Today you should take a moment and send an encouraging message to a f**ked up friend, just as I have done. I don’t care if you lick windows, or f**k farm animals. You hang in there cupcake, because you’re f***ing special to me, and you are my friend. Look at you smiling at your phone, you crayon eating mother f***er! Merry Christmas.
The judgement found after getting the message, Cima began to experience headaches, poor focus, anger, humiliation, sadness, depressed mood and poor sleep.
He also did not return to his job. His boss later sent a followup message apologizing, saying that he hadn’t meant it as a personal attack, and that he was mortified when he learned how it had affected Cima.
Cima’s WorksafeBC claim was rejected but now a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ordered the claim be reconsidered.