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Human Rights Statement
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is committed to:
Harassment and discrimination on the basis of a prohibited ground are violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code and are illegal. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, at provincial or local Federation sponsored activities.
Racial and Ethnocultural Harassment:Racial and Ethnocultural Harassment may include, but is not limited to:
Sexual Orientation Harassment:Sexual Orientation Harassment may include, but is not limited to:
Other Forms of Harassment:Other forms of harassment may include, but are not limited to:
What to do if you feel harassed or discriminated against at a Federation sponsored activity:
It is important to document the alleged incident(s), including times, places, and witnesses.
Step 1It is recommended that a member, or an advocate acting on behalf of the member, make known to the alleged harasser that the conduct/behaviour of the individual is considered harassment or discrimination and is unwelcome. It is important to request that the offensive behaviour cease immediately.
Step 2If the member (or advocate) is not comfortable approaching the alleged harasser or if there is a recurrence of such behaviour following a resolution at Step 1, the member should approach the designated Human Rights Officer (designated representative) at the activity and ask the designated Human Rights Officer to act on his/her behalf. The designated Human Rights Officer will advise the ETFO Officer in charge of the event or activity.
Step 3The ETFO Officer will separately interview the complainant and the alleged harasser and any witnesses. If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the complainant will be asked to forward the complaint in writing to the attention of the General Secretary. Article VII of the ETFO Constitution outlines the process for filing a formal written complaint.
Step 4The complaint will be investigated by the General Secretary or staff designate. If it is determined that the complaint is valid, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as outlined in Article VII of the ETFO Constitution and Bylaws. The Presidents of the Locals to which the parties are members shall be advised of the outcome.
Every effort will be made to maintain strict confidentiality in the complaint process. The Federation may be required to provide information obtained during an investigation to an outside agency that has the right to request information otherwise protected by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Examples of such agencies are the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal or court.
All correspondence and other documents generated under these procedures will be marked "Private and Confidential" and will be stored in the office of the General Secretary for five (5) years.