The City of Saskatoon is committed to creating and maintaining a respectful workplace that is free from harassment, discrimination, disruptive workplace conflicts, and inappropriate interactions. This extends to employee-to-employee exchanges and those between employees and members of the public when interacting about City business.
As part of this commitment, mechanisms are in place to report disrespect and harassment.
City employees are supported in terminating service to a member of the public that is disrespecting or harassing an employee. Similarly, members of the public are able to report a concern regarding the conduct of a City employee in the execution of their duties.
Respectful and Harassment-Free Workplace Policy
A policy entitled the Respectful and Harassment-Free Workplace Policy was adopted at the City of Saskatoon in 2018. It applies to interactions between colleagues as well as those between staff and members of the public.
The policy lays out the City’s commitment to maintaining a respectful workplace. The following behaviours are not tolerated:
- Harassment: as defined in The Saskatchewan Employment Act, harassment is any repeated conduct/comments/displays/actions/gestures that cause an individual to be humiliated, intimidated, or that affect the individual’s psychological or physical well-being.
- Discrimination: as defined in The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, discrimination is the unfair or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people based on the following grounds: religion, creed, marital status, family status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, colour, ancestry, nationality, place of origin, race or perceived race, receipt of public assistance.
- Disruptive workplace conflicts: defined as a dispute or interaction(s) between two or more individuals that impedes activities in the workplace.
- Inappropriate interactions: physical, sexual, or verbal abuses (bullying) that occur or originate at the workplace OR originate outside of work but spill into the workplace. Includes interactions that are in-person, by phone, and in writing (email, text, social media, other).
Reporting A Concern
City employees are both protected by and accountable for the City's Respectful and Harassment-Free Workplace Policy.
If an employee observes a fellow employee or member of the public exhibiting disrespectful or harassing conduct at their place of work, they have a responsibility to report it to their supervisor.
If a member of the public observes a City employee exhibiting disrespectful or harassing conduct in the execution of their duties, a report can be filed with the related department. See our Service Directory.