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No workplace is immune to sexual harassment. It can occur in any workplace, to any employee.

It is important to know that sexual harassment is against the law!

It is also prohibited by your employer’s policy. Each province and territory in Canada has a human rights law prohibiting sexual harassment, as well as tribunals and commissions to enforce it.

Sexual harassment in the workplace can have significant and adverse impacts on both the employer and employees: it can negatively affect productivity, morale, absenteeism and the general health and well-being of employees in the workplace.

What is sexual harassment?

In the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code), sexual harassment is “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome.” In some cases, one incident could be serious enough to be sexual harassment.

The reference to comment or conduct "that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome" means that there are two parts to the test for harassment. First, we have to consider if the person doing the harassment knew how their behaviour would be received. Second, we must consider how someone else would generally feel about the behaviour – this can help us think from the perspective of a person who is being harassed.

Forms of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment can include:
  • sexual solicitation and advances (your boss asks for sex in exchange for a promotion)
  • a poisoned environment (pornographic images in the workplace)
  • gender-based harassment (targeting someone for not following sex-role stereotypes)
  • violence (if inappropriate sexual behaviour is not dealt with, it may move to more serious forms, including sexual assault and other violence)
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Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - Video DVD and E-Learning program on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace
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