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Study on sexual harassment in the federal workplace released

Topics: - Sexual Harassment
Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women has released its study on sexual harassment in the federal workplace: A Study on Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace".

The summary of the study is as follows:

On 16 May 2012, the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women (the Committee) adopted the following motion: It was agreed, - That the Committee conduct a study of sexual harassment in workplaces in the federal jurisdiction; the impact and cost of sexual harassment; whether the current complaint/reporting channels of federal organizations are effective in addressing sexual harassment; whether current policies - Treasury Board and organization specific policies - should be amended or improved.1 In total, the Committee devoted 25 meetings to the study of sexual harassment in the federal workplace, and heard from 78 witnesses, all in the 1st Session of the 41st Parliament. For the purposes of this study, the federal workplace means the federal public administration, including both civilian and non-civilian components of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Forces (CF); federally regulated industries; and Parliamentary workplaces, including the House of Commons, the Senate and the Library of Parliament. This report provides a summary of information received and testimony heard by the Committee with respect to the current legal and regulatory framework for both civilians and military and police, a discussion about the incidence and prevalence of sexual harassment in the federal workplace, the processes for responding to complaints of sexual harassment and factors affecting sexual harassment in the workplace. Based on this information, the Committee has also put forward recommendations