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Sexual Harassment

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any unwanted and unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature. It can take place in any setting, including in a school, work, a public place, at home, or by phone, text, or social media.

A note on sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment can take many forms and occur in the workplace, outside the workplace, during work hours, or after work. Where sexual harassment is left unchecked it can lead to violent behaviours and actions and may constitute criminal offences. Sexual harassment can cause significant loss to employers and unwanted stress and anxiety to both employers and employees.

Everyone in the workplace can play an active role in identifying sexual harassment in the workplace. This is especially important where some victims may feel uncomfortable notifying others of the unwanted and unwelcomed behaviours and actions. Everyone in the workplace can help prevent sexual harassment. This can be done by educating oneself on what sexual harassment can be and learning ways to help prevent and stop incidents of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment affects many employees in the workplace.

Everyone has an opportunity to prevent and stop sexual harassment.