The events unfolding in the US and within the RCMP this past week continue to demonstrate that sexual harassment is a pervasive issue within our society and within our workplaces. Sexual harassment of any kind cannot be accepted or normalized in our society or our workplace. All TUFA members should be aware of the: definition of sexual harassment, university policy on harassment and discrimination, steps to report sexual harassment and the confidentiality that surrounds this process. In addition, it is important to remember that we all play a role in ensuring a safe and respectful workspace for all individuals.
Harassment and discrimination policy
Flowchart outlining process for reporting incident of sexual harassment (in addition to other forms of harassment and discrimination)
Recent Globe and Mail article outlining how employers (and colleagues) can create a safe workspace
Sexual harassment is a form of harassment involving comment or conduct of a sexual nature that is known, or ought to be known, to be unwelcome where:
· submission to such comment / conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, academic status, or academic accreditation; or
· submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment, or for academic performance, status or accreditation decisions affecting such individual; or
· such conduct interferes with an individual's work or academic performance; or
· such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment.
Sexual harassment can include but is not limited to: sexual assault or threats of a sexual nature; unwelcome sexual advances, invitations or requests; demands for sexual favours; innuendos, taunting or degrading words about a person's body, appearance or gender/sexual orientation; leering; sexually derogatory or offensive remarks about an individual; inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life; and displays of degrading or offensive sexual material including sexual jokes.