8 steps

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.


Tell the harasser to stop:

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. 


Document Incidents:

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:


Know Your Rights:

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.


Explore other options:

If the workplace does not address the issue appropriately, consider reaching out to explore further options. In some cases, legal action may be necessary.


Prioritize your mental and emotional well-being

Seek professional support if needed, such as counseling or therapy. Remember, you are not alone, and support is available.


Help promote positive workplaces:

If you're comfortable, use your experience to advocate for change. Download this poster and put it up around your school or workplace:

You have the right to a safe and respectful workplace.