Options for employees experiencing sexual harassment at work
Tell the person to stop:
Sometimes people do not realize that they are offending others. If you feel safe doing so, consider telling them that their behaviour is hurtful or inappropriate. It is preferable to do this in front of a witness. Sometimes speaking out might end the harassing behaviour. If you prefer, ask a trusted person such as a supervisor or union representative, to help you communicate your discomfort. Or, send them a registered letter and keep a copy of the receipt.
Report the harassment to your employer:
If your informal steps to end the harassment don't work, consider lodging a formal complaint with your supervisor, boss, Human Resources worker, or department head. Find out about your workplace Sexual Harassment Policy and how to proceed. Ask for a complaint form so you can put your complaint in writing. If your workplace does not have a policy and complaint form, you can download one below.
Report Criminal Behaviour to the Police:
Some unwelcome behaviours, such as grabbing, kissing, fondling or sexual activity are criminal in nature. An employee experiencing these behaviours may choose to report the incident(s) to the police or RCMP. Before deciding on this option, you can access helpful information about your rights as a victim of crime, see the link below.