NS Human Rights Commission Introduces Free Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Course

“Safe Spaces Make Great Workplaces”

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission just launched a free online course for employers aimed at educating managers and employees on responding to workplace sexual harassment.

Myth-busting about workplace sexual harassment

The course consists of a 15-minute self-directed slideshow and provides information on the prevalence of sexual harassment in Nova Scotia. It addresses common misconceptions about sexual harassment in the workplace. For instance:

  • A delay in reporting or a lack of protest in the moment are not reasons to doubt the complainant – there are often significant power imbalances in a workplace that make it difficult for an employee to speak up about harassment.
  • Sexual harassment can happen across all socioeconomic groups, ethnic backgrounds, and workplaces.
  • Workplace sexual harassment is not limited to employees. Clients, contractors and consultants can also be involved in workplace sexual harassment.

Best practices for responding to sexual harassment complaints

The course outlines best practices for responding to sexual harassment and how to determine if an employer met its duty to respond appropriately to a complaint. The Commission also provides a sexual harassment policy template – this is a good place for employers to start, particularly those who do not have a workplace sexual harassment policy in place.

Get your employees certified

Creating and maintaining a safe, positive, and productive workplace takes investment of everyone in the workplace, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

This course provides an excellent primer in addressing workplace sexual harassment and is well worth checking out.Your employees will also receive a certificate of completion from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission for this course.


Do you have questions about workplace sexual harassment?

Barteaux Durnford regularly assists employers with day to day advice on managing the issue, drafting workplace harassment policies, and providing workplace investigation services to employers when faced with a complaint of sexual harassment. To learn more, contact our firm today.