Sexual Harassment at Work? You’re Not Alone

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious problem throughout Ontario, Canada.

Have you ever felt like you were being sexually harassed at work? It’s a feeling no one should have to live with ever. If you do, it’s important to know your rights and how to protect them. 

Sexual harassment at work can take many forms:

– unwanted physical contact

– verbal abuse or comments of a sexual nature

– any form of workplace misconduct

If you feel you have been subjected to unwanted behavior by another person at your job, you can contact a sexual harassment law firm in Toronto. 

In Ontario, laws protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. If you want justice for yourself and others who may face similar situations in the future, then filing a claim is essential. 

It’s helpful to speak with an experienced Ontario employment law firm if you believe you have a valid claim for sexual harassment. A top sexual harassment lawyer will walk you through the process step-by-step to ensure your rights are protected. 

One of the biggest reasons many women and men suffer in silence with sexual harassment is that they are afraid to lose their jobs.

Do you fear losing your job because of sexual harassment?

One of the biggest reasons many women and men suffer in silence with sexual harassment is that they are afraid to lose their jobs. Your job is your livelihood and how you earn a living and pay your bills.

If you have already been fired from your job for complaining about abuse, you may have a claim for wrongful termination. 

Filing a claim for sexual harassment can be a little scary, but it is a great way to get the harassment to stop. When a claim is filed on your behalf, number one, the harassment stops immediately, and number two, your job is protected if that is what you want.

With a top employment lawyer from Toronto on your side, you’ll ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable – guaranteeing justice both now and in the future! 

Whether the person at work doing the harassment is an owner, upper management, VP, or even a coworker, an experienced work harassment lawyer will fight for you.

An experienced lawyer will fight to secure a financial recovery for you based on the level of harassment you experienced, any lost time from work, any unpaid bonuses, or even being pushed aside for a big promotion because you filed a complaint.

What are signs of Sexual harassment in the workplace?

Sexual Verbal abuse in the workplace includes comments about someone's body parts, clothing choices, physical appearance, etc.

Sexual harassment can take many forms; unfortunately, it’s not always easy to recognize when it’s happening. Here are five common types of sexual harassment in the workplace you should look out for: 

1) Unwelcome physical contact or touching – If someone touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome, this is considered sexual harassment. Any unwanted physical contact falls under this category. It doesn’t matter if the offender was trying to offer a hug or pat on the back as a gesture of kindness. 

2) Verbal abuse – This type of behavior includes comments about someone’s body parts, clothing choices, etc. Also, jokes with explicit content, such as those related to gender identity and sexuality. These kinds of remarks make employees feel objectified and unsafe at work, which is wrong. 

3) Visual displays – This could include sharing offensive images via text messages or posting inappropriate posters around the office. Especially if they make people feel uncomfortable or threatened because of their gender identity and/or sexuality. 

Visual displays like inappropriate text messages from a coworker, manager or owner of a company are not acceptable.

4) Pressure for dates – Any repeated pressure from supervisors for an employee to go out on a date with them would be considered a form of sexual harassment. It creates an environment where employees may fear speaking up for fear of retaliation by their boss due to their refusal.  

   5) Quid pro quo offers– Offering rewards such as promotions in exchange for sex also constitutes sexual harassment. These coercive tactics are meant to manipulate someone into willingly doing something they otherwise wouldn’t do.

This violates consent laws and puts undue power into one person’s hands over another’s career advancement opportunities. And if the opposite happens and you are denied a promotion because you refused sexual advances, this is an illegal act and should not be tolerated.

It takes all forms – verbal, nonverbal, visual – so remember, if something makes you uncomfortable, then don’t hesitate to speak up! 

No one should have to face harassment or discrimination at work. Everyone deserves respect no matter what industry they’re in! Particular laws protect your rights in this regard.

We’ll work to make your company’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) compliant.

In Ontario, Canada, sexual harassment is prohibited under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). So if you feel that your workplace has violated OHSA by subjecting you to unwelcome comments or behavior of a sexual nature, then it’s time for action!

It doesn’t matter whether the conduct was done directly or indirectly. All forms of sexual harassment are illegal in most workplaces. If this is happening to you, don’t suffer in silence. 

Contact an experienced Ontario employment law firm immediately that can help file a claim against your employer. The lawyer will review your situation and advise on any potential legal remedies available to address the issue. 

Cariati Law’s top employment lawyers can help.

Everyone deserves respect and should feel safe in their workplace! There is no reason why anyone should put up with inappropriate behavior from anyone else while they’re doing their job. 

Don’t let fear stop you from taking control of a situation where someone else has crossed the line. Many Ontario employees have hired Cariati Law’s employment Law team for legal advice. Our wrongful dismissal lawyers come highly recommended and have years of experience.

Contact one of Cariati Law’s experienced Toronto employment lawyers today. We’ll give you information about filing a claim for sexual harassment in Ontario, Canada.

You can call Cariati Law for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your sexual harassment story. We’ll take the time to listen to what happened and advise you of your options to move forward with a sexual harassment claim.

Call us at 905-629-8040 or fill out the form on our website, and we’ll contact you directly. Our wrongful termination lawyers and sexual harassment lawyers will protect your rights. 

We’ll fight to seek the maximum compensation for you if we submit a sexual harassment claim on your behalf.