Over the last few years, with the momentum of the #MeToo movement, there is a growing awareness that workplace sexual harassment is a widespread and harmful experience for many people. We know that sexual harassment disproportionately impacts women (and in particular racialized women), 2SLGBTQ+ people, women with disabilities, low income women, and women who are marginalized in other ways.
We also know that workplace sexual harassment is significantly underreported.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue. It is also against the law.
Sexual harassment can significantly impact lives and careers. Workplace sexual harassment can make people feel unsafe, can hinder mental health, and can harm work relationships. Sexual harassment can also result in victims leaving their jobs, particularly if they do not feel safe or supported after bringing their concerns to their employer’s attention.
No one invites or deserves sexual harassment in any context.Everyone has a right to a workplace that is safe free of discrimination, and this includes sexual harassment.
You don’t need to feel shame or blame yourself if you’ve been harmed by sexual harassment.You are not alone, and what happened is not your fault.
If you have experienced workplace sexual harassment, know that there are resources and supports in Nova Scotia that you can access to help you work through your experience. The following online training is designed to help you understand the legal options, resources, and community-based supports that available for victims of workplace sexual harassment.