Legislative reform regarding sexual harassment – But is it enough?

Ontario and other jurisdictions are bringing in more protection for victims of workplace sexual harassment, but will it encourage them to come forward?
By Sunira Chaudhri
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

In the post-Ghomeshi world we now live in, one must wonder how the outcome of the sexual assault case involving former CBC employees Jian Ghomeshi and Kathryn Borel will impact the reporting of sexual harassment in workplaces nationwide.

Ghomeshi had his sexual assault charge withdrawn after signing a peace bond on May 11, 2016, and read out an apology saying, in part, the following:

“I now recognize that I crossed boundaries inappropriately. A workplace should not have any sexualized tone. I failed to understand how my words and actions would put a coworker who was younger than me, and in a junior position to mine, in an uncomfortable place.”