Sinai Health System (SHS)’s Human Rights & Health Equity Office (HR&HE) addresses workplace harassment and discrimination by supporting staff, patients and visitors through our policies, investigations and training.
Everyone should be able to work in a safe and healthy workplace. However, a 2014 poll found that 23% of Canadians have experienced workplace harassment while 28% of Canadians have experienced workplace sexual harassment.
Workplace harassment is behaviour that is unwelcome, demeaning, hurtful, or intimidating. Harassment may be based on a prohibited human rights ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code) e.g. workplace sexual harassment is harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Discrimination is any form of unfair treatment based on one or more of the prohibited grounds as set out in the Code (e.g. race, ancestry, age, family status, disability, etc.).
The Hospital has a robust Human Rights & Health Equity policy, as well as a workplace harassment program. The HR&HE Office can address complaints by staff, volunteers, patients and visitors; provide training on conflict resolution and mediation; and consult with any member of the Hospital community on issues related to workplace harassment, discrimination, and accommodation. Scenario-based workshops and an e-learning module on these topics are required for all hospital staff and managers are aware of their responsibilities for a respectful, safe and equitable workplace environment through Leading Equity training. The Workplace Harassment Intranet page is an internal on-line resource to support staff with information on who to contact for help, training opportunities and links to related policies.
In 2016, the HR&HE Office addressed 126 allegations/complaints of violations of our Human Rights & Health Equity Policy and Code of Behaviour. In 2016, the HR&HE Office delivered approximately 100 in-person training sessions on harassment and discrimination to over a thousand employees.