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Sexual Harassment as Defined by the NL Human Rights Act

The Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Act (2010) recognizes sexual harassment as a human rights violation.

It is thus considered unacceptable behaviour on campus – faculty, staff, and students are expected to be responsible for the way they behave towards each other by not engaging in behaviours that fall within the definition of sexual harassment.

Human Rights legislation generally defines sexual harassment as falling within one of two categories. At work or at school, for example, you could be asked to perform a sexual favour in exchange for a promotion, or raise, or for a passing grade – this is known as quid pro quo sexual harassment or “something for something”.

The other kind of sexual harassment is known as contributing to a chilly or hostile environment – a situation in which you are made to feel uncomfortable at work, or at school, primarily by being sexualized.

The Human Rights Act for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has four sections that pertain to harassment.

To view the complete Human Rights Act for Newfoundland and Labrador, visit the Human Rights Commission. For more information on filing a human rights complaint, please visit