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.
Harassment under the Code is defined as engaging in offensive behaviour or conduct, on a single or repeated basis, against another person when that behaviour is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be unwelcome or unwanted.
These actions may relate to, but are not restricted to an individual’s position of authority, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, language, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, record of offences, religion, marital status, socio-economic status, family status, personal health or disability.
Sexual Harassment may include, but is not limited to:
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.
It is recommended that a member, or an advocate acting on behalf of the member, make known to the individual that the conduct/behaviour of the individual is considered harassment or discrimination and is unwelcome. It is important to request, if possible, that the offensive behaviour cease immediately.
If the member (or advocate) is not comfortable approaching the individual or if there is a recurrence of such behaviour following a resolution at Step 1, the member should approach the designated Human Rights Officer at the activity and ask the designated Human Rights Officer to act on her/his behalf. The designated Human Rights Officer will advise the ETFO representative in charge of the event or activity that there has been a complaint.
The designated Human Rights Officer will separately interview the complainant and the respondent and any witnesses. If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the complainant may then make a 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.
The 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. If it is determined that the complaint is frivolous and/or vexatious, the General Secretary may dismiss the complaint.
Every effort will be made to maintain strict confidentiality in the complaint process. The Federation may be required to disclose information related to the complaint to investigate the complaint, take disciplinary action, or where disclosure may be required by law.
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.