Harassment and violence in the workplace – what is Workplace violence Violence, whether at a work site or work-related, is defined as the threatened, attempted or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological injury or harm. It can include a physical attack or aggression towards others, threatening behavior, verbal or written threats, domestic violence, and sexual violence. Domestic violence becomes a workplace hazard when it occurs or spills over into the workplace. It may put the targeted worker at risk and may pose a threat to coworkers. Employers must take reasonable precautions to protect affected workers if they are likely to be exposed to domestic violence at a work site. Sexual violence as a workplace hazard refers to any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, or other act directed against a worker’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in a workplace or work-related setting. Sexual violence exists on a continuum from obscene name-calling to sexual assault and/or homicide. It includes an online form of sexual violence, such as internet threats and harassment, and sexual exploitation. Any form of violence in the workplace is unacceptable and your company has a zero-tolerance policy.  

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