Inspired by an act of solidarity by Nova Scotia teens to support a young student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school, Pink Shirt Day has become an opportunity to raise awareness about bullying and its consequences. Unfortunately, bullying is not limited to schools. It happens in the workplace, at home, and online.
According to the Canadian Human Rights Commission:
Harassment is a form of discrimination. It is any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates. In general, harassment is behaviour that persists over time. Serious one-off incidents can sometimes also be considered harassment.
Harassment can be related to comments about race, religion, gender, age, disability, or any other ground of discrimination. These are remarks that make one feel uncomfortable, threatened or intimidated.
At times, a person wonders whether what they are experiencing is indeed harassment. The line can seem thin and confusing. That is why it is important to contact local executive to clarify certain uncomfortable situations. Your union is there to support you in taking the necessary steps in cases of harassment at work.
The policy applies to any behaviour by an employee in the workplace, at any place or activity related to work, including in the following situations:
- while travelling;
- at employer-sponsored conferences;
- at employer-sponsored activities/training sessions;
- at employer-sponsored events, including social events.
Much information on this subject is published on the Government of Canada website. For more information, see:
If you recognize yourself in certain situations, please note that steps taken with your union will safeguard your identity. If you are unfamiliar with your region, you can also contact us through the contact page of our website.