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‘Gender expression’ refers to the external attributes, behaviour, appearance, dress, etc., by which a person expresses themselves and through which others perceive that person’s gender.[1]

 

Dress Code checklist for employers

From: OHRC policy position on sexualized and gender-specific dress codes

Removing barriers based on sex and gender

This checklist can help organizations make sure that their dress codes and uniform policies are consistent with Ontario’s Human Rights Code protections relating to sex and gender, as set out in the OHRC’s Policy position on sexualized and gender-specific dress codes.

Dress codes/uniform policies should:

Sexual harassment & sex discrimination at work

From: OHRC policy position on sexualized and gender-specific dress codes

March 8, 2016 - The OHRC recognizes the severe impacts of sexual harassment on working women and trans people. It can reduce employees’ morale, decrease productivity and contribute to physical and emotional effects such as anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. The United Nations’ Declaration of the Elimination of Violence Against Women specifically recognizes that sexual harassment is a form of violence against women.

Eliminating discrimination to advance the human rights of women and transgender people

From: OHRC policy position on sexualized and gender-specific dress codes

March 8, 2016 - Through its public education, policy development, outreach and litigation functions, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) continues to work with community partners to challenge gender inequality and promote and advance the human rights of women and trans people in Ontario. Here is some of the work the OHRC has done in the past year:  

OHRC policy position on sexualized and gender-specific dress codes

March 8, 2016 - Some Ontario employers require female employees to dress in a sexualized or gender-specific way at work, such as expecting women to wear high heels, short skirts, tight clothing or low-cut tops. These kinds of dress codes reinforce stereotypical and sexist notions about how women should look and may violate Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

OHRC and HRPA webinar on preventing sexual harassment at work

Webinar Information

OHRC and HRPA webinar on preventing sexual harassment at work

Preventing sexual harassment at work

July 07, 2015 at 12:00 pm

30 minutes

OHRC and HRPA webinar on preventing sexual harassment at work for HR professionals.

English

Sexual Harassment Awareness Week June 1 – 7, 2015

June 1, 2015

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is pleased to mark Sexual Harassment Awareness Week. Sexual harassment continues to be a critical issue across Ontario society. Recent news coverage of incidents affecting female reporters while on the job highlights the pervasiveness of the problem for women at work. The OHRC has long recognized the serious impact of sexual harassment on its victims, and on an organization’s morale and overall productivity.

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