OTTAWA - An Ottawa bureaucrat is finally free of a loud and flatulent co-worker she says made her ill.

Line Emond is a data quality manager at the Parole Board of Canada.

She's been granted the right to a new workplace thanks to a ruling by the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board.

Her colleague, identified only as Mr. X, swore, uttered odd noises and even washed his bare feet with vinegar in the office.

Other workers testified about his making "bizarre noises, such as strange yawns."

He also walked around the office barefoot, and washed his feet with vinegar in front of others, "who found it disgusting."

A doctor had testified that Emond demonstrated a high anxiety level about the co-worker and felt threatened.

The ruling said the evidence is clear about Mr. X's abusive behaviour.