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Sexual Harassment

A big topic in the media – an even bigger problem in the workplace.

Employers operating in Ontario have a legal duty to take steps to prevent and respond to sexual harassment; it is not acceptable to ignore sexual harassment, whether or not someone has formally complained or made a human rights complaint.

With 15 years of experience in the HR industry specifically related to incident investigation and high-profile disciplinary actions, my expertise is second to none in providing discreet and unbiased services related to sexual harassment, racial harassment, and incident investigations. Services include:

  • discreet and confidential services
  • sexual harassment training for staff (to prevent incidents, personal protection, and how to identify vulnerabilities)
  • unbiased sexual harassment investigation by a third party (or any other form of alleged harassment)
  • sexual harassment advice
  • containment strategies
  • mediated discussions

Employers who do not take steps to prevent sexual harassment can face major risks and penalties including decreased productivity, low morale, increased absenteeism, and potential legal expenses.


Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, sexual harassment is defined as “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome.” Some examples of sexual harassment are:

  • asking for sex in exchange for a benefit or a favour
  • demanding hugs
  • making unnecessary physical contact, including unwanted touching
  • making rude or insulting comments toward women
    (or men, depending on the circumstances)
  • calling people sex-specific derogatory names
  • making sex-related comments about a person’s physical characteristics
    or actions
  • posting or sharing pornography, sexual pictures or cartoons, sexually
    explicit graffiti, or other sexual images (including online)
  • making sexual jokes
  • bragging about sexual prowess.

For more information, visit the Ontario Human Right’s Commission’s fact sheet on Sexual Harassment In Employment or contact me for a free, no obligation, and confidential quote.

Our Professional Services

  • Mediated Employee Meetings
  • HR/Safety Training
  • Accident/Incident Investigations

  • Sexual Harassment Investigation
  • HR Advice

  • Document editing and reviewing
  • Recruiting/Terminations