NS Human Rights Commission introduces new online resources to prevent workplace sexual harassment

HumanRightsThe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has introduced new online resources to help employers address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Through its Safe Spaces Make Great Workplaces campaign, it is providing a free online short course, along with a template for a sexual harassment policy that can be adapted by organizations.

A recent poll by Corporate Research Associates revealed that nearly one half of women in Nova Scotia are sexually harassed. Men can also be victims of sexual harassment. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act prohibits sexual harassment, and organizations and institutions in Nova Scotia have a legal duty to take steps to prevent and address it. Addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace starts with employers having a clear sexual harassment policy, educating staff and enforcing the policy.

The online resources have already received the support of the business community, including the Retail Council of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia.

For more information, visit www.safespacesns.ca. Please contact the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission if you have any questions: 1-877-269-7699

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