Human Rights-Based Harassment
Human rights-based harassment refers to behaviour occurring in one of the areas of jurisdiction covered by the Human Rights Code
, and arising out of any of the enumerated grounds.
This type of harassment includes behaviours which would be considered by a reasonable person to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for work, study and other university-related activities.
Human rights-based harassment refers either to direct or indirect behaviour and includes comments, remarks, gestures, or other conduct that is unwelcome to the recipient.
Examples of human rights-based harassment
- Intimidation or threats motivated by a protected ground of discrimination
- Staring at, mocking, or belittling someone because of a physical or mental disability
- Obscene graffiti or sexualized jokes
- Practical jokes that are offensive to an individual based on any of the protected grounds of discrimination
- Display or distribution of racist or offensive pictures or materials
- Any actions that could be perceived as exhibiting offensive or demeaning treatment toward an individual or group based on grounds protected under the Human Rights Code
- Derogatory remarks, innuendoes or taunts about a person's body, dress, physical appearance or beliefs based on a protected ground of discrimination
- Derogatory comments, threats or jeers about race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, or about the adornments and rituals associated with cultural or religious practices
- Racist jokes and ethnic slurs
- Derogatory comments about one's gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, or marital status
- Discriminatory comments about a person's age