‘Unacceptable workplace behaviour’ goes beyond human rights legislation

Laws are slowly broadening as guide to proper conduct
By Barry Kuretzky
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Background

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, sexual harassment was the employment issue of the moment. In human resources circles, it seems that “workplace harassment” is quickly becoming the catch phrase of this decade.

The concept of “workplace harassment” has its origins in anti-discrimination legislation from 40 years ago. However, it has evolved tremendously in recent years and is constantly taking on broader meaning.