Harassment at Work

If you are being harassed at work, or are experiencing conflict, you need to speak to someone about it. If you are being harassed, tell the person to stop. If they don’t, bring the matter up with your supervisor. If your supervisor does not handle the situation, you can contact the Ministry of Labour to look into filing a claim.

What do you mean by harassment?

Harassment includes:

  • Sexual harassment (unwanted sexual acts, including saying something that makes you uncomfortable, staring, whistling, or unwanted touching)
  • Verbal abuse (including saying things that make you feel bad about yourself, or saying something discriminatory, racist, homophobic, transphobic..etc)
  • Physical abuse (including hitting or any other violent force)

What are my rights?

Your rights are based on the Ontario Human Rights Code. This codesays it is illegal to discriminate against you based on your:

  • Race, colour
  • Ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, creed
  • Citizenship
  • Sex or sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Record of offences
  • marital status, same-sex partnership status, family status
  • Ability

What should I do if I’m being harassed at work?

Harassment can happen anytime there is an unbalanced distribution of power, or one person is more powerful than another. It can also happen to you by someone who is equally as powerful as you at work (like a co-worker).

If you are being harassed at work, tell the person who is harassing you to stop. If that doesn’t work, tell an adult you trust, like a teacher or supervisor. If your supervisor does not take care of the issue, you can contact the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Where can I go if there is conflict at work?

If there is conflict at work, or if you are experiencing harassment or racism, you should bring it up with your supervisor first, even if the conflict is with your supervisor.

If your employer is not respecting the Code, or is not responding to your concerns, you can speak with someone at the Ministry of Labour. They will give you information about filing a claim. There is no cost to filing a claim and an employer cannot punish you for filing one.

To contact the Ministry of Labour:

Call the Employment Standards Information Centre at 1-800-531-5551
For those with hearing difficulties, please dial 1-866-567-8893 (TTY)
Or visit their website.

Resources:

Kids Help Phone

Call 1-800-668-6868 or go online for information and advice.
350 Industrial Parkway South
P: (905) 841-3101
Website: kidshelpphone.ca

Young Worker Support Hotline

P: 1(866) SAFE-JOB

Employment Standards Information Centre - Ministry of Labour

P: 1(800) 531-5551
P: 1(866) 567-8893 (TTY – for those with hearing difficulties)
Website: labour.gov.on.ca

Ontario Human Rights Commission

Website: ohrc.on.ca

Employment Standards Act

Website: labour.gov.on.ca - Employment Standards Act guide.

Ministry of Labour

Website: labour.gov.on.ca - Learn how to file a complaint if you have a problem with a current or former employer.

Service Ontario

Website: ontario.ca - You can find claim forms here.
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