to follow if you are experiencing, or witness workplace sexual harassment
Identify the Behavior:
Recognize and understand what constitutes sexual harassment. Be aware of inappropriate comments, gestures, advances, or any unwelcome behavior that creates a hostile work environment. Trust your instincts - if something feels uncomfortable or inappropriate, take it seriously.
Clearly communicate your discomfort to the person involved if you feel safe doing so. Make this request in person, through a co-worker or in writing. Firmly establish your boundaries and make it clear that their behavior is unwelcome.
If you don’t feel safe or comfortable talking to the harasser, you can skip to step 3 or 4.
It can sometimes be helpful to keep a detailed record of each incident, including dates, times, locations, and descriptions of what occurred. Document any names of co-workers or other witnesses who overheard or participated in the discussion or event.
Report the harassment:
If the harassment persists, report the incidents to your boss, supervisor, manager, or Human Resources department. Provide them with your documented evidence and be prepared to discuss your concerns. If your workplace does not have a policy and complaint form, you can use this template:
Familiarize yourself with the company's policies on sexual harassment and your legal rights. This knowledge will empower you to advocate for yourself and navigate the situation more effectively. If your employer is part of a union, check your collective bargaining agreement.
Your employer is required by law to have a harassment policy which includes sexual harassment. If you discover that they do not have a policy, you can contact WorkSafeNB to report this.