Eliminating Workplace Sexual Harassment, It’s Everyone’s Business

Follow true-to-life characters in a range of scenarios as employees and managers witness, experience, and address workplace sexual harassment.

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Four, ten-minute animated episodes tell the stories of employees at Future Generation, a leading (but fictitious!) manufacturer and retailer. Follow true-to-life characters in a range of scenarios as employees and managers witness, experience, and address workplace sexual harassment. Interactive, gamified activities ensure the message sinks in.

Eliminating Workplace Sexual Harassment, It’s Everyone’s Business

Everybody at the Future Generation head office loves Paul and his sense of humour. No matter what kind of crisis the office goes through, Paul always keeps his cool and helps lighten the mood. But what happens when the office funny guy’s jokes about new employee Cassandra cross the line?

Samir is a first-rate salesperson at a Future Generation retail outlet who loves his job – until a co-worker, James, makes him uncomfortable by making crude comments about women in the store, and about Samir. Samir doesn’t want to rock the boat, but he knows his co-worker’s behavior is not ok, and that comments that reinforce gender roles constitute workplace sexual harassment.

Ross is the manager of the Future Generations warehouse, beloved and incapable of harm. To speak his name evokes a smile, and stories of his charm. What happens when Ross becomes too friendly with Jasmine – an employee under his direct supervision?

Andy is an openly gay salesperson at the Future Generation head office. He is a valued member of the team and handles many major accounts. When an important potential client makes an off-colour joke about a photo of Dylan, Andy’s husband, Andy doesn’t know what to do. Luckily Andy and his manager Suzanne have the training they need to understand that comments based on sexual orientation are sexual harassment – even if they come from an important client.

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Actor Perspectives

Justin Landry

Justin plays the role of James, who sees himself as the “office funny guy”. What he refuses to realize is that the men and women he works with don’t find him very amusing.

Matt Hawkins

Matt plays the role of Ross — a boss that abuses his power and doesn’t seem to take no for an answer.

Kris Siddiqi

Kris voices “Samir” a first-rate salesperson who loves his job – until a co-worker starts making crude cracks about women in the store, and about Samir himself. Samir doesn’t want to rock the boat, but knows he has to take a stand.

Megan Fahlenbock

Professional voice actors like Megan Fahlenbock bring Ryley Learning’s animated e-course on workplace sexual harassment to life. Hear Megan’s take.

What is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is an unlawful form of discrimination. The legal definition of sexual harassment in the workplace differs depending where you live and what laws apply. Across North America, however, the behaviour and conduct that constitute sexual harassment are quite consistent across jurisdictions.

Generally, sexual harassment is defined as conduct or comments that are known (or should reasonably be known) to be unwelcome. The unwelcome comments or acts are based on a person’s sex and/or (depending on the laws of the jurisdiction) their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.Generally, more than one comment or act is required to meet the definition, although if severe enough, a single event could suffice.

What kind of conduct and comments are we talking about? What exactly constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace? The answer is not always clear, leading a person to question, “have I been sexually harassed?” Or, “is the way I just behaved considered sexual harassment?”

Legislation in Your Jurisdiction

Sexual harassment training is mandatory in a growing number of jurisdictions.

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