Employer resources

Workplace sexual harassment is legally defined as:

  • Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature
  • Detrimentally affects the work environment or leads to adverse job-related consequences
  • Does not require intent

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Employers have responsibilities including:
  • Do not engage in unwanted sexual comments, behavior or touching
  • Create procedures for workers to report bullying and harassment
  • Create effective procedures for investigating bullying and harassment

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Investigations manual

This manual provides the reader with a starting place to consider all the complexities, challenges and competencies required to meaningfully and lawfully address workplace sexual harassment

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Your ability to proceed to an investigation is significantly hindered without a report which details who was sexually harassed in the workplace and when. These reports will often simply identify the harasser with few accompanying details. Other times, the witness will identify themselves but the complainant refuses to report.

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Disclosing workplace sexual harassment is not the same as reporting workplace sexual harassment. Some complainants may choose to disclose for several reasons including to ask questions, to request an accommodation or to seek personal support.

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This word document file provides a best practices guide to creating workplace sexual harassment policy and procedures.

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A trauma-informed approach to workplace sexual harassment investigations means that the investigator is trained to identify trauma and acknowledges that one or more participants involved in an investigation may be experiencing trauma unrelated to the present matter.

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Tip sheet for human resources & employees

Sexual harassment in the workplace has the potential not only to harm and traumatize those who are targeted by harassers but it can also erode the feeling of overall safety in the workplace.

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Tip sheet for bystanders

Increasingly, employers are offering bystander training for their employees,particularly in labour forces and industries which are typically comprised of men. Bystander training equips you as an employee with the confidence and skills to appropriately respond to sexual harassment in the workplace.

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