Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, sexual harassment is “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome.”


Some examples of sexual harassment are:

  • asking for sex in exchange for a benefit or a favour
  • repeatedly asking for dates, and not taking “no” for an answer
  • demanding hugs
  • making unnecessary physical contact, including unwanted touching
  • using rude or insulting language or making comments toward girls and women (or boys and men, depending on the circumstances)
  • calling people sex-specific derogatory names
  • making sex-related comments about a person’s physical characteristics or actions
  • saying or doing something because you think a person does not conform to sex-role stereotypes
  • posting or sharing pornography, sexual pictures or cartoons, sexually explicit graffiti, or other sexual images (including online)
  • making sexual jokes
  • bragging about sexual prowess
  • bullying based on sex or gender
  • spreading sexual rumours or gossip (including online).

If you believe that you have experienced sexual harassment at work, contact David Ertl, top employment lawyer, at Ertl Law.

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Sample of Our Wrongful Dismissal Court Decisions

Drysdale v. Panasonic Canada Inc., 2015 ONSC 6878

Court Awards Our Client 22 Months of Pay


In Drysdale v. Panasonic Canada Inc., 2015 ONSC 6878, the employer argued that Mr. Drysdale, a warehouse worker, was not “management” and therefore he was entitled to lesser overall severance. We defeated the employer’s argument. The court awarded our client 22 months of notice.

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Summerfield v Staples Canada Inc., 2016 ONSC 3656

Court Awards Our Client 6 Months of Pay


David Ertl brought this matter to a successful, speedy conclusion and got his client more than one month for each year of service.

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Patterson v. IBM Canada, 2017 ONSC 1264

Court Awards Our Client 18 Months of Pay


In Patterson v. IBM Canada, 2017 ONSC 1264, Mr. Patterson was terminated from his employment after 20 years of loyal service. The employer offered a substandard severance package. We were able to get Mr. Patterson 18 months of compensation.

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This guide provides basic information on discrimination and harassment in the workplace, including:


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