What to do if you are being harassed?
Inform the harasser that his or her behaviour is unwelcome
and unwanted. Inform the person over the telephone, in writing or through a
Tips on how to write a letter to your harasser:
- Clearly outline the behaviour you want stopped. State
the facts as you see them, without judgement. Be as detailed and precise as
possible with dates (or approximate dates), places, and descriptions of the
- Describe your reactions and feeling about the incidents.
- State what you want to happen next. This part maybe
very short, since you probably just want the behaviour to stop. However, if
you believe a remedy in necessary, include it. Keep one copy of the letter.
The letter should be delivered in person, by a co-worker, or by registered
mail. It helps to have some proof that the letter was received by the
harasser (e.g., courier, registered mail receipt).
If the behaviour doesnít stop after the confronting the
|Your supervisor (unless, of course, this person is the
|The harasserís supervisor.|
|Your human resources representative.|
|Youíre A. U. P. E. representative.|
|A person in authority in your department, whom you trust.|
|Discuss your concerns with the recipient of the
behaviour. Ensure that they want something done about it.|
|Encourage the person to bring the incident to the
attention of the human resources representative or another person in
|Contact one of the persons listed in Section 10 of this
policy for advice on the best way to handle the situation.|
|Maybe asked to testify at a grievance hearing, a board
of inquiry, or in a court of law, depending on which route that complainant
has chosen to pursue.|