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Workplace Harassment & Bullying
The law protects employees from Workplace Sexual Harassment. It is the legal duty of an employer to protect the mental and physical health of employees. That means protection from harassment, violence and bullying. A new provincial law in Ontario has placed more responsibility on employers to address workplace harassment. Effective September 8, 2016, the Occupational Health and Safety Act hasspecifically defined what workplace sexual harassment is and that every employer must have a policy to address it.
Violence or harassment in the workplace may originate from anyone you come into contact with in a workplace, such as a client, a customer, a student, a patient, a co-worker, an employer, or a supervisor. Or someone with no formal connection to the workplace, such as a stranger or a domestic/intimate partner, who brings violence or harassment into the workplace. A continuum of inappropriate behaviours can occur at the workplace. This can range from offensive remarks to violence.
Workplace harassment can involve unwelcome words or actions that are known or should be known to be offensive, embarrassing, humiliating or demeaning to a worker or group of workers. It can also include behaviour that intimidates, isolates or even discriminates against the targeted individual(s).
The repeated, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour directed towards a worker, or group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety. Bullying is a workplace issue. Sometimes it is hard to know if it's happening in the workplace. Sometimes, there's a fine line between strong management and bullying. Workplace Bullying can have a negative impact on the workplace and on the individual. Contact the lawyers at Rose Law Firm to determine whether your employers have breached their obligation to protect you from risks at work and we will guide you through the process, in a practical manner, to resolve your workplace issue.