COVID-19:Responding to domestic violence at work when home is the workplace
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National Survey on Harassment and Violence at Work in Canada
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?