New Brunswickers who face workplace sexual harassment can now access free legal advice through a new initiative offered by the provincial government.
Officials launched on Wednesday the Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawyer Referral Program, which offers clients an initial two-hour consultation with a lawyer.
Amber Chisholm, associate director at the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick, said it provides insight into the complaint process and how to report harassment.
“This project hopes to bridge gaps in access to legal advice for employees who want to know more about their rights and their options when navigating these often sensitive and difficult situations,”
The province says the program is part of a joint effort by Chisholm’s organization and the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.
Safer Places NB, a five-year project funded by Justice Canada, aims to help employers and employees address and prevent workplace sexual harassment.
“Navigating any legal process can be a worrying experience to some,” said commission director Marc-Alain Mallet in a news release.
“We want people to know there is help if they feel they are subject to sexual harassment in the workplace.”
Officials say a person must be at least 16 years old and have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work in New Brunswick to qualify for the program.
More information is available here.