Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of any perceived differences. However, some people engage in offensive and threatening behaviours toward others based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, disability or other factors protected by law. This behaviour is called discrimination. The Canadian government and provinces have laws, and individual healthcare organization have policies, that protect people from discrimination. Harassment is one form of discrimination that often occurs in the workplace. It refers to a wide range of offensive behaviours that are threatening, disturbing, persistent, and unlawful. Individuals who engage in harassment subject others to conduct that is unwelcome and that interferes with their work or performance. Harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, is illegal and must be taken seriously and reported. When people in the workplace engage in certain behaviours or actions it is often the perception, not the intent of those actions, that others may consider offensive. In this course, you will learn what harassment is, how to recognize it, how to report it, and what you can do to help prevent it.