If someone harasses you or someone else based on sex or gender, especially in the form of unwanted sexual advances, by asking you for sexual favours, by making sex-related comments about your physical characteristics, or by harassing you in any way that’s sexual in the workplace, either physically or verbally, this is an actionable complaint you can take to a sexual harassment lawyer.
This means that even a continued series of inappropriate sexual comments or behaviour that end up creating a hostile or poisonous work environment can amount to sexual harassment.
“According to a report by Statistics Canada (2016), approximately 20% of women and 13% of men have been harassed at some point between 2015-2016 in their workplace.
While the decision to come forward and report this kind of harassment may be a daunting process for many, there’s no reason why you should go through it alone.
At Advocation, we’re by your side, every step of the way, and help you take the necessary steps to continue to work (or exit the workplace) with dignity in a safe and respectful manner.
Under the Canada Labour Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Human Rights Code, every employee has the right to employment that’s free of sexual harassment. There is also a twin obligation for employers to take action to ensure their workplaces are free of this behaviour.
With the support of sexual harassment lawyers, you can take legal action against your employers, the harasser or your company for compensation.
Additionally, you may be able to pursue criminal action in certain cases, depending on the nature of the sexual harassment you’ve experienced.
While these intricacies of the law may seem confusing, a sexual harassment lawyer like Hermie has the knowledge and experience to navigate this area and provide you with legal advice on how you need to proceed.
She will be by your side during the entire process and help you take action to create a safe working environment and ensure that you are compensated for your experiences.
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