Workplace harassment is strictly prohibited by Canadian laws and refers to harmful acts or verbal comments which are known or should be known to be unwelcome.
Workplace bullying is a form of workplace harassment.
Harassment and bullying can impact the mental and physical health and safety of employees in the workplace.
It includes all manner of humiliation, threats, intimidation or other forms of victimization, which include both physical acts and verbal assaults. Workplace harassment and bullying can look like (but is not limited to) aggressive behaviour, unsavory practical jokes, unreasonable work demands, and inappropriate behaviour and comments (that may be different from sexual harassment).
“According to Statistics Canada, almost one in five women and one in eight men suffered from workplace harassment in 2019.
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 help you take action and work towards creating a safe, healthy, and respectful working environment.
While the remedies and specific protections you’re entitled to may vary based on whether your employer is provincially or federally regulated, generally employer duties relating to harassment and bullying at work are covered in Occupational Health and Safety, Employment Standards, Canada Labour Code, and Human Rights laws.
With the support of workplace harassment lawyers, you can take legal action against the harasser and/or your employer for compensation or an exit from your employment with compensation.
Additionally, you may be able to pursue criminal action in certain cases, depending on the nature of the workplace harassment or bullying you’ve experienced.
Workplace harassment and bullying can be a contentious subject given the subjectivity of experiences. That’s why having the support of experienced workplace harassment lawyers can make all the difference.
At Advocation, we will be by your side during this process, helping you take action to create a safe working environment and ensure that you are compensated for your experiences.
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