What should I do if I was sexually harassed at work?
At De Bousquet PC we believe in fairness and equality and recognize the importance of living free of discrimination and harassment. It is our personal characteristics, such as our race, ethnic origin, age or sexual orientation, that make us unique. If you believe that you have been sexually harassed at work, we can help.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex. It can take on many different forms, from open sexual advances to subtle sexual remarks that create a hostile or uncomfortable work environment. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code you have been subjected to sexual harassment if you experienced conduct or vexatious comments that were known, or should have been known, to be unwelcome. Even one incident of such conduct could be enough to be considered sexual harassment.
Both men and women may experience sexual harassment. However it is often women who tend to be more targeted by unwanted sexual advances. As an employee, you are entitled by law to a safe workplace free of unwelcome conduct from your co-workers and supervisors, and you should not hesitate to talk to a sexual harassment lawyer if you feel that you have been disadvantaged. The law provides you with a variety of options in order to obtain compensation for this unwanted conduct, including a human rights claim, a lawsuit, or other statutory complaints. Meeting with a sexual harassment lawyer is an important first step in order to assess the best way to proceed in your case.
The following are some examples of sexual harassment:
- Your co-worker repeatedly asked you for dates at work, and does not take “no” for an answer
- Your supervisor regularly uses insulting or demeaning language towards women
- Your co-workers often make sexual jokes at work
- Your supervisor asks for hugs, makes unnecessary physical contact with you, or openly asks for sexual favors as a condition for promotion
During the initial consultation we will help you to:
- Determine whether you were the victim of sexual harassment
- Recognize your legal entitlements under the Ontario Human Rights Code and other statutes prohibiting sexual harassment
- Understand all of your possible options going forward
- Create a strategy tailored to your case in order to provide you with best outcome in your case
If you have experienced sexual harassment, you should not have to face your struggle alone.
Call a sexual harassment lawyer today: (416) 616- 5628.
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