Sexual harassment is any inappropriate behaviour based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression that occurs at work.
Sexual harassment can include:
Sexual harassment can be verbal, visual and/or physical. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone and can include serious and less serious behaviours that can escalate over time.
Workers, job applicants, volunteers and interns are protected against sexual harassment under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Sexual harassment is prohibited in any workplace in Ontario. The workplace is not just an office in a building. It can include:
Sexual Harassment is illegal if committed by anyone in your workplace, including:
Sexual harassment can also include discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Examples of gender-based harassment can include:
If you think you have experienced workplace sexual harassment or know someone who has, you can contact your local community legal centre to learn more about your options. We provide:
Many workers do not report sexual harassment because of lack of information, anxiety, lack of trust and concerns about confidentiality in the reporting process.
If you have been harassed then you should reach out to your local community legal centre to learn more about your options. We provide: