Sexual harassment persists despite workplace fallout

Behaviour causes ripple effect in organizations, hurting productivity, morale and attendance.
By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Complaints of sexual harassment have dramatically increased in Canada over the last year, and according to a new report it is having a direct effect on bottom-line returns.

Sexual harassment complaints topped the list of complaints heard by provincial human rights commissions, and 64 per cent of working women say they have experienced some form of sexual harassment throughout their careers (up from 48 per cent last year).

Researchers say the numbers are actually a lot higher since fear of retribution and embarrassment hold back some employees from complaining.