Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham

Harassment at Work


If you are dealing with a workplace harassment issue or complaint, contact the District Office immediately for advice and assistance.

Definition of Harassment: “engaging in a course of vexatious comments or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome” ~ Occupational Health and Safety Act, Bill 168

Every employer in Ontario has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free from harassment. This obligation extends to protecting members from harassing acts committed by other employees, management personnel, agents of the employer, and student, parents or guardians. (Ontario Human Rights Code) ~ DDSB: Workplace Harassment Policy #4245

Impact on the Individual:

  • increased fear
  • depression
  • loss of sleep
  • feeling ashamed
  • loss of self-confidence
  • avoiding social situations
  • anxiety
  • increased use of sick days
  • negative impact on family life
  • appetite loss
  • physical health issue (ex: high blood pressure)


OSSTF stands by the right of every member to have a safe and harassment-free workplace and to receive effective union representation and due process in all matters related to their employment

If you are experiencing harassment

OSSTF will advise, represent and support members experiencing workplace harassment. Contact your bargaining unit for advice on your rights and the steps that can be taken.

If you have been accused of harassment

OSSTF recognizes its responsibility to represent fairly and provide assistance to any member facing allegations of harassing behaviour in the workplace. As soon as you become aware of any complaint, your first step should be to speak with your OSSTF representative.

OSSTF will ensure fair representation for all parties in situations involving a conflict between members.

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