Discrimination Part 2: How to Respond to Discrimination (CLB 8)

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How to Respond to Discrimination

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Because discrimination can take place in different circumstances and can occur in different forms, there are many different ways to address it.
For example, if someone isf harassing you in the workplace:
• Where possible, confront the person who has harassed you and tell them to stop.
• If the behaviour continues, keep a written record of both your actions and reactions, and of the offending behaviour. Names, dates, time and place are all important. The more detailed notes you can keep, the better.
• Many organizations and employers have workplace anti-harassment policies that can help protect your rights and can help correct an unfair situation.
• If there is not a direct policy in place to address the situation, you may choose to file a complaint with either the Canadian Human Rights Commission or the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
If you feel that you might become a victim of violence, it is important that you call 9-1-1 and speak to the police for help. If you do not feel that there is an immediate threat of violence, you can still call the police for help and guidance, but make sure to call the local police's non-emergency phone number.
If you are experiencing discrimination it is important to write down what happened and when it happened so that if you decide to take action you will have the information. Write it down soon after the event or incident, while everything is easier to remember. You will find it more difficult to remember the specific events later on. Also, if discrimination or hate is happening to you over a long period of time, it is useful to keep a written record so that you can show that there has been a pattern of discrimination. Consider making a copy of the Hate Crime Reporting Form, which will help you to write down what happened.

9. If a person is harassing you, them and them to stop.

10. If harassment continues at work or at school keep a of the offending behaviour.

11. If you are being treated at work, read your employer’s workplace anti-harassment policies, which provide the same rights and guarantees as the Ontario Human Rights Code.

12. If a person at school or work makes unwanted sexual comments at you, write down details about the .

13. It is important to keep notes including names, dates, time and place if you are harassed or threatened.

14. If you are not protected at work, you may choose to a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

15. If you feel an immediate threat of , call the police at 9-1-1.