Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Background and Purpose

Sexual harassment is still a very real issue in many Canadian workplaces. From front-line employees to CEOs, workers of various levels are often unaware that their behaviours or comments could be considered sexual harassment, or worse, they are aware and are actively choosing to behave inappropriately.

The Supreme Court of Canada has indicated that management is responsible, and therefore liable, for sexual harassment and sex discrimination that occurs in the workplace. The purpose of the Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work course is to educate employees and managers about what constitutes sexual harassment, how to avoid it, and how to respond when it happens, all within a Canadian context.

Who This Course is For

The Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work course has been designed for companies and/or individual employees seeking education and information about sexual harassment in the workplace within a Canadian setting. While the course is beneficial to those in supervisory or management positions, it is also designed to benefit non-supervisory employees.

The goal of the course is to educate organizations on basic and advanced topics related to sexual harassment and sex discrimination in order to address existing issues and prevent further harm to employees across levels. The program is delivered completely online and is self-paced, allowing employers to use the program as soon as they require its resources.

The Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work course is designed to be applicable to a variety of learners seeking to gain more knowledge surrounding Canadian laws and processes, including:

  • Employees across levels, from managers and supervisors to front-line workers
  • Human Resources staff, particularly those new to an HR role or those within smaller organizations
  • Employees seeking to improve their skills and advance their careers
  • Employees or managers who have been mandated, either by their employer or by legal settlement, to complete a course of this nature

The Online Experience

The Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work course is offered entirely through web-based interactive instruction. This delivery method provides the learner with a quality educational experience that appeals to a wide range of learning styles. Additional benefits to online learning include:

Students can expect:

  • An online campus that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office or any other location that has an Internet-connected computer.
  • Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives, provided via internet delivery.
  • Online courses provide instruction that can be delivered ‘just in time’ – – when particular knowledge or skills are required to complete a work task, or required to address workplace issues.
  • An open registration format that frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules, giving you the freedom to learn when it best suits your schedule.
  • Substantial savings realized by sponsoring agents through low training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity.

About the Course Developer

Stephen Hammond

Stephen Hammond

Stephen Hammond’s expertise is about improving workplace behaviours. He is a professional speaker delivering training and keynotes speeches, predominantly for workplace leaders, regarding harassment, bullying, discrimination and the changing face of Canada.

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Program Overview

The program is divided into four modules:

Module 1 – The Basics of Sexual Harassment

The purpose of this first module is to cover the basics of sexual harassment. You will get pertinent information about the definition and application of sexual harassment in Canadian workplaces. In order to learn from the mistakes of others, you will be given information about a Canadian case. At the end of this module and every module, you will be given a test to see how much you retained. In order to learn the content in this module, you can either watch the next video, read the following pages or do both. You decide how you will best absorb and understand this information.

Module 2 – More Advanced Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination

The purpose of this second module is to help you understand more advanced issues related sexual harassment. You will also have a better understanding of sex discrimination and how sexual harassment is part of sex discrimination. In our desire to continue learning from the mistakes of others, you will be given information about two Canadian cases. In this module you’ll learn about typical push-backs employers face from employees and how these can best be addressed. But first you’ll start with a simple review of Module #1 and at the end there will be a test to see how much you retained.

Module 3 – Taking Action

The purpose of this third module is to give simple and informal approaches to deal with sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. The most difficult aspects of addressing inappropriate behaviour based on sex is overcoming the barriers we think exist. Employers are expected to address sexual harassment and sex discrimination, regardless of it happening at work, or off the workplace premises, if it has a negative impact back at work. In this module, you’ll look at two more cases which address other, somewhat complex issues and the new realities of many workplaces, that is social media. But first you’ll start with a simple review of Module #2 and at the end there will be a test to see how much you retained.

Module 4 – More Formal Approaches

The purpose of this fourth and final module is to address the more formal approaches to deal with sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. There are aspects of Canadian human rights law which are unique to other laws and you will get a better understanding of them. And you’ll also get a better understanding of the importance of not just having policies, but actually adhering to them and being fair to everyone involved. In this final module, you’ll look at two more cases which address the added responsibilities of managers and owners of a workplace. But first you’ll start with a simple review of module #3 and at the end there will be a test to see how much you retained. I hope this online course has been educational for you, giving you a better understanding of the importance of addressing workplace sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

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