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National Survey on Harassment and Violence at Work in Canada


The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University is working with researchers at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Labour Congress to launch a national survey on workplace harassment and violence. Violence and harassment at work remains a major social problem in Canada. The survey will shed light on the prevalence of violence and harassment in our workplaces. It will look at how workers who are marginalized due to their social location and/or their precarious employment status are uniquely impacted. It will examine the links between sexual harassment and other forms of violence in the workplace.

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What is Sexual Harassment at Work?

You started a new job two months ago at a grocery store. You are still learning your responsibilities and your co-workers are friendly, especially your co-worker Riley. You notice Riley likes to make sexual jokes that make you uncomfortable, but you do not say anything. You and Riley are working late together one evening. Riley starts to make inappropriate jokes, including sexual gestures (e.g. kissing sounds, obscene hand movements) in your direction. You politely tell Riley to stop but, they say: "don't be a prude and give me a kiss!" and physically block your way from leaving. You are shocked and do not know what to do. Is this sexual harassment at work? Can you report sexual harassment to your employer?