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Human Rights Complaints

Discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity in the area of employment is prohibited under The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. Sexual harassment is considered a form of discrimination – and it’s against the law.

Sexual harassment by a fellow employee and sexual harassment by an employer are both prohibited forms of discrimination under human rights laws.

While sexual harassment can take place is any setting, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission reports that most sexual harassment occurs in the workplace. Employers who know about sexual harassment and do not take steps to stop it can be held responsible for the harassment.

Under the Canadian Human Rights Act employers are responsible for the actions of their employees unless...

  • The employer did not consent to the conduct.
  • The employer took all reasonable steps to ensure that this type of conduct did not happen.
  • Once they were aware of the conduct, the employer took steps to limit or avoid the harm caused by the conduct.

Remedies under Human Rights Laws

Understanding the remedies that are possible under human rights laws can help you make an informed choice about the option(s) you can exercise if you are dealing with workplace sexual harassment.

Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination. If you think that you have experienced discrimination because you have been sexually harassed at work you can file a complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission can deal with workplace sexual harassment complaints from workers in federally regulated workplaces and industries, such as banks, railways, airlines and broadcasting.

This section provides general information about making a human rights complaint based on workplace sexual harassment only. For more information you can contact the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission or, if you work in a federally regulated industry, the Canadian Human rights Commission. You may also need legal advice. If you have experienced workplace sexual harassment in Saskatchewan you are entitled to up to 4 hours of free legal advice. Learn More

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