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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 employer's to address workplace harassment. Effective September 8, 2016, the Occupational Health and Safety Act has specifically 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).
Contact Rose Law Firm at 416-519-2543 if you think that your employer has not sufficiently addressed your sexual violence or harassment related complaints and we will assess whether you have any recourse under the new legislation or otherwise. We will guide you through the process of extracting justice from your abuser and the corporation. Often times this can be done in a very discreet manner such that the employer agrees to make the matter end by paying out significant compensation. If a settlement is not achievable, we will steer you through the litigation process which, although not risk free, can achieve sizeable financial rewards.