Calgary Bulgarian Society’s Harassment Prevention Policy and Program
Calgary Bulgarian Society’s Board of Directors is committed to providing a safe, healthy and supportive environment by treating our members with respect, fairness and sensitivity.
Harassment can have devastating effects on people’s quality of life and organizational productivity.
Harassment means engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a person that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.
Purpose of the Policy of CBS is committed to preventing harassment. This policy defines behavior that constitutes harassment, and explains procedures for reporting and resolving such incidents.
CBS is committed to providing an environment free of violence and harassment by familiarizing all parties with the related terminology as well as their individual responsibilities for prevention and corrective action.
To establish this policy, CBS has consulted the joint health and safety committee (JHSC) and the following legislation governing harassment:
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act
- The Criminal Code of Canada
- The Human Rights Code
- The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997
- The Compensation for Victims of Crime Act
- The Regulated Health Professions Act Policy Statement
The management of CBS will not tolerate any type of violence or harassment within any activities of the society.
Definitions Associated with Harassment
- Threat (verbal or written): is a communicated intent to inflict physical or other harm on any person or to property by some unlawful act. A direct threat is a clear and explicit communication distinctly indicating that the potential offender intends to do harm, for example, “I am going to make you pay for what you did to me.” A conditional threat involves a condition, for example, “If you don’t leave me alone you will regret it.” Veiled threats usually involve body language or behaviors that leave little doubt in the mind of the victim that the perpetrator intends to harm.
- Verbal/Emotional/Psychological abuse: is a pattern of behavior that makes someone feel worthless, flawed, unloved, or endangered. Like other forms of abuse, it is based on power and control. Examples include: swearing, put-downs/name calling over a period of time, labelling the victim in a derogatory way such stupid, crazy or irrational, acts of humiliation, extreme jealous behavior, attacking the victim’s self-esteem in other ways.
- Bullying: repeated and persistent negative acts towards one or more individuals, which involve a perceived power imbalance and create a hostile environment (Salin, 2003)
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Ensure that measures and procedures in the harassment prevention program are carried out.
- Ensure compliance by all who have a relationship with the organization.
- Post a copy of this policy.
- In consultation with the JHSC, establish control measures.
- Integrate safe behavior into day-to-day operations.
- Investigate all reports or threats of violence/harassment in a prompt, objective and sensitive way.
- Take corrective action:
-First offence – verbal warning.
-Second offence – written warning.
-Third offence – disassociation from the person, discontinued membership for the year. Pending review in the following year.
Dated: January 3rd, 2018.
Calgary Bulgarian Society