Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

December 14, 2009 12:49 ET

OFL Video Release

Climb the Hill: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - Released today, the OFL video, Climb the Hill: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace calls for an end to one of the most challenging problems in workplaces.

The 20-minute video features interviews with women who detail their experiences with workplace sexual harassment. Among them is Bonnie Robichaud, a former Defence Department worker whose case resulted in a 1987 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that sent shockwaves through the employer community. Employers are responsible for maintaining a harassment-free workplace, the ruling said.

Sexual harassment is prohibited by the Canadian Human Rights Act, Canada Labour Code, and Ontario Human Rights Code.

Lawyer Kim Bernhardt says that women "have to yet again climb the hill to establish that sexual harassment still occurs" because it's human nature to think it's no longer a problem.

Calling sexual harassment "a fundamental discrimination issue", lawyer Mary Cornish says it will take action on three fronts to treat and eradicate it: employment equity measures to make workplaces equitable for women; education and training; and an effective complaint mechanism that includes protection from reprisals.

Climb the Hill is a companion piece to an OFL information kit, which will be available in January 2010.

/For further information: Sheila Keenan
OFL Communications
416.737.5798 (cellular)
416.443.7665 (direct)

Contact Information

  • Irene Harris, OFL Secretary-Treasurer
    Primary Phone: 416-347-0454
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138