CUPE is committed to addressing and preventing sexual violence at work and recognizes that everyone has a right to work in a safe environment.

Sexual violence is any act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender expression or gender identity that is committed, attempted or threatened against a person without their consent. Sexual violence includes harassment, which is offensive behaviour that a reasonable person would consider unwelcome.

Sexual violence at work is a serious matter and has an impact on all members of the workplace and the union. The employer is responsible for addressing and responding to workplace sexual violence. The union plays a critical role in making sure the employer meets their responsibilities.

This guide is for local union stewards, health and safety representatives, elected officers and other activists.

TRIGGER AND CONTENT WARNING: The content in this guide may be triggering for some readers because the root causes and impacts of sexual violence and harassment are discussed. For support resources, please refer to the list at the end of this guide.

Learn about your rights. Support your co-workers.

Sexual violence hurts workers and poisons the workplace. You have the right to a safe workplace, and the union can help.