Using innovative methods to educate employers and employees on sexual harassment in the workplace is proving to be an effective strategy, says Toronto human rights and employment lawyer Bay Ryley.

Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers must now have a workplace sexual harassment policy and provide training for all workers, she tells

“The training is mandatory, but it can be creative and engaging, rather than something you resent doing,” says Ryley, founder and president of Ryley Learning.

In response to the changes in legislation, which took effect in September 2016, she created “Eliminating Sexual Harassment: It’s Everyone’s Business,” an online training tool — delivered via computer, tablet or smartphone — that includes an animated video series and interactive exercises.

Ryley believes that animation, storytelling and games contribute to the user experience and improve the effectiveness of such training programs.

As originally published on Advocate PR Ltd.