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What to do if you think you are being harassed

Workers’ rights and employers’ obligations

Workers are entitled to a healthy workplace that is free from psychological or sexual harassment. 

Employers have a duty to prevent harassment in their company and to take appropriate steps to put an end to any problematic situations that are brought to their attention. They are required to adopt a psychological or sexual harassment prevention and complaints policy and make it available to all staff members. 

You think you are being harassed

Do you think you are being psychologically or sexually harassed at work? If the situation allows, talk to your employer or to the person appointed by the employer in their prevention policy about it.

You may file a complaint with the CNESST at any time. The complaint must be filed within 2 years of the last incident of harassment  

If you are unionized, contact your union directly.  

If you work in the public service or in a public organization and you are not unionized, contact the Commission de la fonction publique (CFP)  

You think you are witnessing harassment

Witnesses also play a role in a situation of psychological or sexual harassment. By reporting a conflict or situation of harassment that you witnessed to your employer, you can help put an end to it. If the situation allows, talk to your employer or to the person appointed by the employer in their prevention policy about it as soon as possible. 

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