Workplace Violence and Harassment: Understanding the Law
It is the right of an individual to be allowed safe and healthy environment to work in.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act as stipulated by the government of Ontario provides a set of workplace duties and responsibilities that all employers, supervisors and even the employees should exercise against all kinds of violence and harassment at workplace.
As per the Human Rights Code language and as identified by the OHSA, violence is defined as the use of physical force, while harassment can be touted as any derogatory comment or conduct against a worker that is highly unwelcome and inappropriate. The acts of violence and harassment may originate not only from the fellow coworkers at the organization, but also from the employer, supervisor, client, customer or even a total stranger who indulges in inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
An amendment to the OHSA now stipulates that a worker has the right to refuse employment if there is risk of workplace violence. It is the obligation of the employer to keep track of all such incidents at workplace and employ stringent corrective measures to ensure safe workplace.
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