Workplace Bullying And Harrassment

Workplace Bullying And Harrassment

Workplace bullying and harassment in Vancouver is an ongoing problem in today's Workforce. Federal law and the Department of Labor (DOL) prohibits harassment based on religion, color, race, sex, disability, national origin, age, genetics, sexual orientation, or parental status. Workplace harassment is not permitted by anyone in the workplace, and this includes contractors and management. No one should have to go to work just to be harassed.  They should not feel threatened because they are a specific gender or race. Employees should be working as a team and not trying to intimidate or harass each other. When workplace harassment is reported, it then becomes the responsibility of management to make sure it stops. This means taking disciplinary action against the harasser. It could also mean possibly counseling for the victim.

Workplace harassment comes in two forms. One is decisions for promotions and bonuses being based on response to sexual advances.  This also includes basing job reviews on the refusal of sexual favors. Some examples of this are being fired for not being sexually cooperative. Another example is being required to participate in religious traditions and activities as part of your job.  Remember that nothing in a workplace should be contingent on your sexual lifestyle or your faith.

The second type is hostile work environment. The hostile work environment is when the workplace atmosphere is hostile, offensive, or intimidating. Some examples of this are a fellow employee or supervisor discussing sexual activities knowing it makes you uncomfortable.  Another example is when they are telling off-color jokes to make you uncomfortable or intimidate you. Touching, commenting on your body, indecent gestures, crude language, messing up your work, and displaying insensitive pictures are all examples of a hostile environment. Working in a hostile environment can also include receiving threats and slurs over minor things. Any behavior that a person exhibits that they know makes another employee uncomfortable and refuse to stop is workplace bullying and harassment.

Sometimes workplace harassment gets to the point where it breaks the law. This is true when the behavior is unwelcome and aimed at a specific victim. It also must be abusive to the person and severe enough that a reasonable person would consider it hostile. A person that is found guilty of workplace harassment can be fired and sent to jail or both. They can be fined as well.

Many employers now require training on workplace bullying and harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace. This training explains in detail what these two forms of harassment are. It also tells the victim and their co-workers what should be done if it occurs at this place of employment. Before beginning work, the employee is apparent that workplace harassment will not be tolerated. They are made aware of the consequences they will face if accused of and it is found that they engaged in harassing a fellow employee. With proper education and awareness as well as prompt action on reports of workplace harassment in Vancouver, this problem can be controlled and eliminated in the workplace.

Workplace Bullying And Harrassment
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