Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workplace Harassment-Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workplace Harassment-Update

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OTTAWA - Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says the time has come to crack down on harassment in federal workplaces -- including Parliament Hill.

Hajdu says we have been powerfully reminded in Canada, and around the world, that harassment and violence remains a common experience for people in the workplace.

She says Parliament Hill is especially affected because it features distinct power imbalances that perpetuate the culture that people with a lot of power and prestige can and have used that power to victimize the people who work for them.

Hajdu spoke in the House of Commons as she kicked off debate on proposed legislation to support safe workplaces.

The legislation, introduced last fall, is aimed at giving workers and employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment. …

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