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Workplace Violence & Harassment Policy

MSI Management is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect & dignity.

Definitions: Workplace harassment is a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome. Types of workplace harassment include: sexual harassment, teasing; intimidation or offensive jokes or innuendos; display or circulation of offensive pictures or materials; unwelcome, offensive or intimidating phone calls; or bullying. Leering, staring, unwelcome gifts or attention, offensive gestures, spreading rumors and stereotyping could also be considered harassment. Harassment may also relate to a form of discrimination as set out in the Ontario Human Rights Code, but is does not have to (see Code for further reference).

Workplace violence occurs in a workplace & is the exercise of physical force by a person against a worker that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker; an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, that could cause physical injury to the worker; a statement or behavior that is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, that could cause physical injury to the worker. Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by one person to gain power & control over another with whom he/she has or has had an intimate relationship. This pattern of behavior may include sexual, emotional and psychological intimidation; verbal abuse, stalking, and using electronic devices to harass & control. Domestic violence becomes workplace violence when it occurs in the workplace.

Workplace harassment/violence will not be tolerated. Everyone in the workplace must be dedicated to preventing workplace harassment/violence. Managers, supervisors, workers and any visitors are expected to uphold this policy and supporting program and will be held accountable by MSI.

MSI will ensure that this policy and the supporting program are implemented and maintained and that all workers and supervisors have the appropriate information and instruction to protect them from violence/harassment in the workplace.

This policy is not intended to limit or constrain the reasonable exercise of management functions in the workplace (e.g. it is not stereotyping to request a strong healthy 6’ man instead of a slight, weak 4’ woman to assist in moving heavy furniture).

Workers are encouraged to report any concerns around violence/harassment or the threat of same. If you encounter an incident of workplace violence/harassment that is urgent, compromising you or the work situation, go directly to your supervisor & request their assistance. Safety is your first concern. Report to your consultant at MSI as soon as it is convenient.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that measures and procedures are followed by workers and that workers have the information that they need to protect themselves.

Management pledges to investigate all complaints/incidents in a timely and fair manner, respecting the privacy of all concerned to the extent possible. Please be observant, make notes of your incident, and note any witnesses or participants, time, date, location, any details that will be valuable in the investigation. MSI will complete a “Workplace Violence/Harassment Incident” form with you & will review the steps to investigate & control the risks of reoccurrence.

Nothing in this policy prevents or discourages a worker from filing an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on a matter related to Ontario’s Human Right Code within one year of the last alleged incident. A worker also retains the right to exercise other legal avenues that may be available.

~~~ Safety is everyone’s responsibility. ~~~