Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In the completion of this workshop the trainee will be able to identify and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Learning Objective: In the completion of this workshop the trainee will be able to identify what constitutes as sexual harassment in the workplace.

In the completion of this workshop the trainee will be able to identify what constitutes as sexual harassment in the workplace.

At the end of this module you will be quizzed on the material covered...

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination based on sex.
When someone is sexually harassed in the workplace, it can undermine their sense of personal dignity and prevent them from doing their job effectively.
According to the Ontario Human Rights Code, sexual harassment is “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome.” 

Sexual Harassment Happens Far Too Often

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • asking for sex in exchange for a benefit or a favour
  • repeatedly asking to go on a date
  • demanding hugs
  • making unnecessary physical contact or unwanted touching

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • making sex-related comments about a person’s body
  • posting or sharing pornography, sexual pictures, or other sexual images 
  • making sexual jokes

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • bragging about sexual prowess
  • using rude or insulting language or making sexually charged comments 
  • calling people sex-specific derogatory names

Consequences to Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can also poison the environment for everyone else. If left unchecked, sexual harassment in the workplace has the potential to escalate to violent behaviour. Sexual harassment can lead to decreased productivity, low morale, and potential law suits

Consequences to Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can become criminal in nature. This will be the case where the harassment involves attempted or actual physical assault, including sexual assault, or threats of an assault. At this point the police should be contacted and serious criminal consequences could follow. 

Quiz Time

What percent of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace?

  • 34
  • 43

Which of the following is NOT a form of sexual harassment in the workplace?

  • repeatedly asking to go on a date
  • making sexual jokes
  • bragging about sexual prowess
  • none of the above

Sexual harassment can lead to decreased productivity, low morale, and potential law suits.

  • True
  • False

Sources

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/sexual-harassment-employment-fact-sheet

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/blogs-and-comment/sexual-harassment-in-canada-statistics/

Congratulations you have completed the course. Thank you for participating.