About Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment occurs when someone in the workplace harasses, alarms or distresses another person with his or her behaviour.

What Is Workplace Harassment

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Workplace harassment occurs when a co-worker, manager or any other person at the workplace (e.g. a customer, contractor or volunteer) harasses, alarms or distresses another person with his or her behaviour. It may also pose a risk to the victim's safety and health.

Forms of harassment include but are not limited to:

  • Threatening, abusive or insulting language or non-verbal gestures
  • Cyber bullying
  • Sexual harassment
  • Stalking

Harassment can take place in any setting:

  • Outside the office such as on business trips
  • On clients' premises
  • At any other work-related occasions

It can also happen through:

  • Email
  • Text messaging
  • Social media