Designed for all Ontario workers. Defines and differentiates violence and harassment, how to recognize each and what to do in the event of an occurrence.
Workplace harassment, a form of interpersonal aggression, is not a new phenomenon. Rather, it is an existing issue with a new label that has been getting increased attention from researchers, employers, unions and health and safety professionals. It is defined as “repeated and persistent negative acts towards one or more individual(s), which involve a perceived power imbalance and create a hostile work environment” (Salin 2003). There is growing evidence that exposure to harassment in the workplace has serious detrimental outcomes, not only for the victim but also for the organization, workplace colleagues and family members of the victims.