What to do when you lose a hairdresser
I had just left the salon when I was told I had lost my hairdressers, and I immediately knew that this was going to be a long and frustrating process.
I had been so impressed by the service I had received from the hairdressing salon I had left years ago, and it was hard to imagine what would happen when I started to lose hair again.
I was devastated.
What I did not expect was that in the midst of this, I would also have to confront a lot of personal and professional demons.
I am not ashamed of having been a hair stylist for so many years.
But I am also grateful for what I did have.
As a professional hair styler, I can be the kind of person who can take care of myself and not feel too guilty about my hair loss.
What happened to me at the salon is part of a pattern of harassment and bullying that has gone on for many years, and while the salon did its best to address the situation in the past, it has not.
The salon I worked for was in the process of being shut down and closed for good.
I found myself having to explain to staff how my hair had been damaged and how my salon had to take it out.
I would never have guessed that there were so many of us out there who have been the victim of such harassment.
And in a profession that is supposed to be about helping others, I feel that the staff at the hair salon were treating us like objects and a burden.
The owners of the salon, and the owners of other hair salons in the area, had to be the ones to help me.
It was an unfortunate reality that was hard for me to accept, and one that I have never wanted to revisit.
It is important to be aware of the types of abuse that go on, and to know that you are not alone.
What does the law say?
In Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Act says that a person has the right to complain about discrimination, harassment or intimidation, or to participate in a complaint, in a way that protects them from retaliation.
The law also makes it clear that there are laws against harassing behaviour.
The Ontario Human Rights Code of Conduct, as well as the Code of Professional Responsibility for Professional Conduct, provide guidelines on how to deal with any harassment, harassment and intimidation that you encounter.
It says you can make a complaint to the human rights office of your workplace if you feel you are being treated unfairly.
What can you do if you are a victim?
If you are the victim or witness to harassment, bullying or intimidation at a workplace, you can report it to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the employer’s human rights officer.
You can also file a complaint with the police or a provincial human rights commission.
What is the human resources and skills development program for sexual harassment?
The human resources program for harassment at a work place is a partnership between HR and HR Development Canada.
It includes training for human resources managers, senior managers and human resources officers.
This is an opportunity to provide support and advice to employees and to identify barriers to equality, including issues related to gender identity and gender expression, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status and family status.
The Human Resources, Skills Development and Labour Relations Branch of HR can also investigate complaints, and may refer them to an appropriate human rights agency for investigation and adjudication.
HR Canada’s website offers tips on how employers can improve their workplace environment.
If you would like more information, read about the Canadian human rights code of conduct for more information.
What are the options if you need help?
You can report sexual harassment or bullying online at www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/en/complaints.html.
If your employer is a provincial government agency or an agency that is responsible for employees, you should contact them directly.
If there is a complaint against you, HR may ask you to complete a complaint form.
You should also be aware that if you have been a victim of sexual harassment, you may have the right, under the Code, to report the harassment.
You are also entitled to ask for the names and contact information of other staff in your workplace to be included in a report of sexual abuse.
HR also has a grievance procedure for sexual misconduct complaints.
If the harassment occurred at work, you are entitled to a grievance.
If it occurred in a private place, you also have a right to a complaint.
How do you report harassment online?
You may use the following online tools to report harassment: the Internet harassment reporting site www.onlineharassmentreport.com