November 29 – Day 5 – Workplace Harassment

November 29 – Day 5 – Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment continues to be a problem faced by many women in the
workforce. Harassment can be obvious (such as direct sexual comments or
touching, or physical violence),or it can be more subtle (such as sexist or
sexual jokes or comments made ‘within earshot’, or inappropriate materials
transmitted to colleagues via email or other means). Workplace harassment is an
infringement of human rights, and is governed by applicable human rights
legislation. Criminal law may apply as well depending on the conduct in
question.
What To Do: If you believe that you are being, or have been,
harassed at the workplace‎, discuss the matter with a supervisor, your HR
department, or contact your organization’s or a local Employee Assistance
Program office. You may also wish to consult a lawyer.
If you witness  harassment directed toward a colleague, step up. Make it clear that you do not  support the behaviour. Workplace harassment often continues because the person
committing it believes that he/she can and will ‘get away with it’.
If you  are an employer, educate your employees on the issues and have a clear policy in
place addressing harassment. Make it clear that such behaviour will not be
tolerated, and provide a safe and confidential venue for employees to report
complaints.

Date: November 30th, 2014 | Categories: Advocacy | By: | 0