Quiet-List 1997

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Radio in the workplace

I have a friend who works for the liquor distribution branch of the 
provincial government, in a wholesale outlet. Until recently they have had 
a policy of having the radio on and off in alternating hours. Recently his 
manager has unilaterally decided that the radio will remain on throughout 
the working day.

I'm sure most list-members will agree that my friend's rights are being 
violated by his being forced to listen to other people's entertainment 
noise, but I haven't been able to offer him any practical advice. Is anyone 
aware of any legal precedent establishing a right to quiet in the 
workplace? It is not a question of decibels, so it's not a matter for the 
Workers' Compensation Board.

Peter Donnelly
Right to Quiet Society

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