In Ontario, there are different laws and regulations for workplaces to protect employees. This includes the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
For example, if you experience harassment at work and it is not related to a human rights violation, you are still protected by the Occupational Health and Safety Act which sets out the regulations for workplace violence and harassment.
Workplace harassment involves any unwelcome words or actions by another person that are known or ought to be characterized as demeaning, embarrassing, offensive or humiliating to a worker or group of workers, in a workplace.
Workplace harassment can also include behaviour that intimidates, isolates or even discriminates against the targeted individual or group.
Examples of harassment can include actions such as making jokes, innuendos or remarks that ridicule, demean, intimidate or offend someone, displaying or circulating offensive pictures or materials in print or electronic form and bullying, repeated offensive or intimidating phone calls or e-mails as well as workplace sexual harassment.
It is important to speak with an employment lawyer to determine what your options are if you have been the victim of harassment at work.