Safety Tip of the Month - April 2018 - BCGEU



Everyone has the fundamental right to a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. In your Public Service Agreement you will find Articles 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9 that will assist you with understanding your rights.

The BC Human Rights Code also prohibits sexual harassment and other types of discrimination based on grounds like age, ancestry, colour, race, religion, family or marital status, gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, place of origin, sex, sexual orientation, or criminal record unrelated to employment.

What is Harassment?

Definition of harassment is an aggressive pressure or intimidation.

Harassment is a form of discrimination. It involves any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates you. Generally, harassment is a behaviour that persists over time. Serious one-time incidents can also sometimes be considered harassment.

Harassment and discrimination can show up at your worksite in many different forms. Harassment occurs when someone:

  • Makes unwelcome remarks or jokes about your race, religion, sex, age, or disability.
  • Threatens or intimidates you because of your race, religion, sex, age, or disability.
  • Makes unwelcome physical contact with you, such as touching, patting, rubbing, or pinching.

Examples of Harassment:

  • A manager or co-worker regularly makes inappropriate comments about your physical appearance.
  • A manager or co-worker threatens your safety following a heated discussion.
  • A manager or co-worker rubs your shoulders despite your repeated objections.

If you feel you are being discriminated against or being harassed in any form, please reach out to a steward, OH&S representative or any other person you are comfortable with. At any time feel free to call your Union office for assistance.

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