What is Harassment?

Harassment is a form of discrimination. It involves any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates you. Generally, harassment is a behaviour that persists over time. Serious one-time incidents can also sometimes be considered harassment.

Harassment occurs when someone

  • makes unwelcome remarks or jokes about your race, religion, sex, age, disability or any other of the grounds of discrimination;
  • threatens or intimidates you because of your race, religion, sex, age, disability or any other of the grounds of discrimination;
  • makes unwelcome physical contact with you, such as touching, patting, or pinching.

Examples of Harassment

  • A colleague repeatedly makes fun of your hijab
  • A manager regularly makes inappropriate comments about your physical appearance
  • An employee threatens your safety following a heated discussion
  • A supervisor rubs your shoulders despite your repeated objections