Harassment is broadly defined in Human Rights and Occupational Health and Safety legislation. Workplace harassment may include:
- sexual harassment
- intimidating or offensive jokes
- displays or circulation of offensive pictures or material
- comments, phone calls, or text messages that are unwelcome, offensive or intimidating
Sometimes, harassment takes the form of school yard-like bullying. Leering, unwelcome gifts or attention, offensive gestures, and spreading rumours at work or online might also be considered harassment, even when these actions are not focused directly at you. If the discriminatory comments or behaviour of others results in a hostile or “poisoned” work environment for you, you may be a victim of workplace harassment. Should you require legal assistance, consult Levitt LLP – lawyers for harassment – at any time.
Workplace harassment is usually a pattern of ongoing behaviour, but it can arise from a single incident if it is severe and has a lasting impact on you. Remember that you are always free to speak to a work harassment lawyer about the incident and discuss what steps you can take to handle it.
Individuals should not have to endure persecution from co-workers, customers, employers—anyone in the workplace.
Any kind of workplace harassment is terrible to endure; and it can affect not just your ability to do your job but your home life as well.