What is Sex Discrimination?

Sex discrimination includes gender, pregnancy, and sexual
harassment. It means treating someone badly or denying them a
benefit because they are male, female, intersex, transgender or
because of their gender identity.
Sex discrimination can occur in a number of ways, including:
• You are called sexist names.
• You are not hired or promoted, while others around you are.
• You are threatened.
• You are fired.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It is sexual
harassment if someone repeatedly says or does things to you that
are insulting and offensive. It can be words or actions that are sex
or gender-related.
There are many types of sexual harassment:
• unwanted touching
• making offensive jokes or remarks about women or men
• making sexual requests or suggestions
• staring at or making unwelcome comments about someone’s
body
• showing sexual pictures or images

Where can you get help?

Legal Remedies/Options:

  • You can make a complaint at the Ministry of Labour. The Ministry can send an investigator to your workplace to determine whether your employer is following the law.
  • You can file a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The Tribunal can order the person who sexually harassed you or your employer to pay you money and order your employer to get human rights training.
  • You can sue your employer in court if you can prove that the harassment made it unbearable for you to continue working for your employer.
  • You can file a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claim if you suffered physical or psychological injuries that prevent you from working.
  • You can call the police if you have been a victim of assault, sexual assault, or criminal harassment/ stalking. Contact a sexual assault centre for support.

You should get legal advice to help you decide which remedy is right for you.

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