Maintaining a Harassment Free Workplace Information Booklet

What Should You Do If You Are Being Harassed?

Immediately inform the harasser that his or her behaviour is unwelcome and unwanted. Do so before witnesses, if possible. You could also inform the person over the telephone, in writing (print or email) or through a representative such as a supervisor. You can also seek advice from your human resources representative, your union representative or a person in authority.

If the harasser's unwanted behaviour continues, make a written record of dates, times, the nature of the behaviour, and the names of any witnesses.

If you are threatened with physical violence by a co-worker, report it immediately to a supervisor or manager. Similarly, if you witness a threat on a co-worker, report it immediately to a supervisor or manager.

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How should you write a letter to your harasser?

  • Clearly outline the behaviour you want stopped.

  • State the facts as you see them, without judgment.

  • Be as precise as possible with dates, places, and descriptions of incidents.

  • Describe your reaction and feelings about the incidents.

  • State what you want to happen next (simply that you want the behaviour to stop or perhaps you might suggest a potential remedy for the situation).

  • Keep one copy of the letter for yourself.

  • Deliver a copy of it to the harasser, in person or by a co-worker, or by registered mail, as it helps to have proof that the letter was received (e.g., courier slip, registered mail receipt).

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Last Review / Update: 2009-11-29

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Overview
What Is Sexual Harassment?
What Is Workplace Harassment?
What Should You Do If You Are Being Harassed?
What To Do If The Behaviour Doesn't Stop After You've Confronted The Harasser?
How Do You Prove You Have Been Harassed?
What Should You Do If Someone Accues You Of Harassment?
What Are Your Responsibilities As A Deputy Minister Regarding Workplace Harassment?
What Are Your Responsibilities As A Supervisor?
What Do You Do If You See Harassment In Your Workplace?
How Are Complaints Investigated?
What If You Are Appointed To Investigate Harassment Complaints?
What Will Happen To The Harasser?
Where Can You Go For Information And Help?
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