New legislation forcing Ontario employers to set up policies and programs to address sexual harassment in the workplace starting this fall may boost awareness but will likely make little difference in the long run, says Toronto employment and personal injury lawyer Kevin Marshall. Most elements of Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, already exist under the Human Rights Code and a previous update to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, says Marshall.
"Bill 132 is redundant. It's more of a political exercise, in my opinion," Marshall tells AdvocateDaily.com. Still, bringing attention to those laws sends a timely signal to police and the judiciary that sexual violence and workplace harassment will not be tolerated, he adds. Read more at: http://www.advocatedaily.com/kevin-marshall-new-harassment-law-redundant-but-sheds-light-on-egregious-abuse.html