Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Any form of harassment can be a harrowing experience for the victim. Sexual harassment in the workplace is of particular concern because it can inhibit an individual from making a living by affecting their performance and comfort.

At Zeilikman Law, we approach sexual harassment issues with logical and creative solutions. Our lawyers are, professional, friendly, and determined. We have the know-how to navigate through the psychology of any given sexual harassment dispute.

Anyone is vulnerable to sexual harassment regardless of his or her authority, gender, creed, or ethnicity – so it is an issue that can affect any of us.

Sexual harassment occurs when a person either engages in unwelcome conduct or comments against a worker because of sex, sexual orientation, general identity or gender expression.

Sexual harassment may also occur when a person makes a sexual solicitation or advance, where the person making the advance is in a position to confer, grant, or deny any benefit or advancement to the employee.

In both instances, it should be reasonably known that the sexual conduct, comments or advance is unwelcomed. It is the employer’s responsibility to investigate the incident, as failing to conduct an adequate investigation could have potential consequences.

Sexual harassment in the workplace

In addition to the common law, the two central statutes that deal with sexual harassment in the workplace in Ontario are the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code every person has the right to be free from any and all unwelcomed advancement and solicitation. 

In Ontario, employers have a legal duty to takes steps to prevent and respond to sexual harassment. This may include having a comprehensive and clear anti-sexual harassment policy in place. Employees that have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace have multiple options available including a human rights claim, lawsuit and so on.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

If you need legal counseling regarding sexual harassment in employment as an employee, please contact Zeilikman Law to set up a consultation and discuss your concerns.

Request a consultation today!

Legal Receptionist

Zeilikman Law is an employment law firm located in Vaughan, Ontario. We are looking to hire a legal receptionist to join our firm. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working as a receptionist at another law firm.

Location: Vaughan, Ontario.

Start Date: Immediately.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Full time. In-person only. This is not a remote work position.

Wages: 35,000 to 40,000 per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage our firm’s multi-line telephone system to receive incoming calls.  Screen incoming telephone call inquiries to determine the nature of the telephone call and provide standard information related to our legal services.  Take and deliver messages and route incoming telephone calls to the appropriate staff person.
  • Answer general inquiries coming from the firm’s social media and website email.
  • Welcome in-person visitors upon arrival.  Direct visitors to the appropriate staff person and / or office or boardroom.
  • Organize in-person visitor schedule to prevent overlap and multiple bookings.
  • Receive, sort, and distribute daily mail and deliveries.
  • Arrange for couriers.
  • Keep front reception, kitchenette area and boardroom tidy.
  • Perform various clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and faxing on an as-needed basis.
  • Process client or other payments.
  • May be asked to run minor errands outside of office such as attending post office to arrange a courier or pick up mail.
  • May be asked to assist other law clerks or lawyers of the firm as required and as appropriate.
  • Any other basic administrative duties or tasks as deemed appropriate.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures including filing, faxing, and printing and copying.
  • Basic word processing computer skills.
  • Proficient in receptionist and telephone practices, etiquette, and decorum.
  • Professional attitude and appearance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude is a must.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Education and Experience:

  • Highschool diploma or equivalent.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in an office setting with an emphasis in accounting, reception or clerical work is required.   We would prefer experience in a law firm environment.

Applications for this position should be sent via email to jennifer@zeilikmanlaw.com. All applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least two references. Only successful candidates will be contacted.