When it comes to workplace sexual harassment, you have certain rights and responsibilities. For example, you have:
the right to:
- work without anyone making sexual comments to or about you,
- work without anyone touching you in a sexual way,
- be treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and
- to refuse unsafe work, including when you are exposed to any of the above unwanted treatment.
the responsibility to:
- not make sexual comments to or about your co-workers,
- not touch your co-workers in a sexual way, and
- treat your co-workers equally, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Tip sheet for bystanders
If you witness (see or hear) a co-worker sexually harass another co-worker, you might not feel comfortable speaking to the harasser about it. Instead, you could:
- report the behaviour to a supervisor, or
- tell the person who was harassed that you saw or heard what happened and ask if you can help in any way.
Tip sheet for peers and co-workers
If you see or hear a co-worker experience workplace sexual harassment, they might ask you not to tell anyone. But there are federal and provincial laws about what you can keep confidential (not tell anyone) and what you have to report if you know that someone’s experiencing workplace sexual harassment.
A guide to next steps for people who’ve experienced workplace sexual harassment
- has information about some of your legal options if you’ve experienced workplace sexual harassment, and
- tells you where you can get legal advice to take your next steps.
Options juridiques face au harcèlement sexuel en milieu de travail
crédit à Association des juristes d’expression française de la Colombie-Britannique