Workplace discrimination, harassment and violence in the workplace policy


Vichara Canada Incorporated (“Vichara”) is committed to a work environment free of discrimination, harassment and violence, in line with our Staff Values of Care, Courage and Inclusivity. This is a recognized Human Resources and Health and Safety issue and Vichara will take all reasonable measures to prevent discrimination, harassment or violence in the workplace. Vichara is committed to providing such a workplace and its values of acting respectfully and inclusively underpin this goal.


This policy applies to all employees at all Vichara locations and places of work in Canada. This includes work from a private residence, a temporary location, travel, or any other applicable location, and covers all forms of communications, including but not limited to, audio, video, email or other messaging.

Zero tolerance

The health and safety of Vichara employees and workplace are of primary importance and it is expected wherever work is conducted, it will be free of discrimination, harassment, or violence. Vichara will not tolerate incidents of discrimination, harassment or violence by any employee, vendor, contractor, volunteer, visitor, or any other person in a Vichara workplace or involved with Vichara business.

Vichara will take immediate action and may, where appropriate, remove a person from a workplace by security or police, or suspend or remove any company-issued communications credentials. Vichara will discipline any employee violating this policy, up to and including dismissal. If required, Vichara will report conduct to the supervisor, CEO, or police.

Dealing with Unacceptable Behaviour

A staff member or volunteer who feels subjected to unacceptable workplace behaviour – whether this is discrimination, harassment or being subject to violence or the threat of violence – should first ask the offending colleague to stop or modify the behaviour in question if they feel safe to do so. If the behaviour is not stopped or modified, then the offended employee should consult a member of the senior management team, i.e., their immediate supervisor or the President & CEO. If the offending colleague is the President & CEO, concern should be registered with the Chair of the Board. Any record or evidence of the behaviour should be brought forward to corroborate the allegation.

If a person is found to have engaged in unacceptable workplace behaviour, disciplinary measures will be taken. Such measures may include suspension or dismissal and/or reporting the matter to the appropriate civil or criminal authorities.

Management will take whatever steps are reasonable to protect workers from workplace violence from all sources, including having employees, vendors, volunteers or other people removed from the workplace by security or police, or suspending or removing any company-issued communications access.


Discrimination per Human Rights legislation

A course of vexatious comment or action that is known, or ought to be known to be unwelcome based on any Protected Grounds, including age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, single status, genetic characteristics, gender identify, gender expression, record of offences, and sexual orientation. The prohibition against discriminatory/harassing behaviour includes but is not limited to:

Discrimination per Occupational Health and Safety legislation

Essentially the same, however, a single action may be sufficient to be deemed “discriminatory”

It is the intent of this policy to follow all regulations contained in applicable Health & Safety legislation where Vichara conducts business. This includes, but is not limited to:



May include comments or actions which are intimidating, offensive, inappropriate, annoying, hostile, hurtful or malicious and which are known or which reasonably ought to have been known to be unwelcome.


The use of, attempted use of or threatened use of physical force, or an attempt to exercise physical force, by a person against an employee in a workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to the employee. Violence includes but is not limited to hitting, punching, kicking and intimidation. Violence includes domestic violence that may find its way into the workplace.


Includes without limitation, the offices of Vichara Canada Incorporated and any location where staff and/or volunteers are required to be together because of work demands, such as Vichara Canada Incorporated functions and travel circumstances related to Vichara Canada Incorporated’s business. In addition, unacceptable behaviour that occurs outside the workplace but has repercussions in the work environment adversely affecting employees’/volunteers’ working relationships or sense of safety and security, may also be defined as unacceptable workplace behaviour.



The Leadership is expected to support, educate and promote a workplace free of discrimination, harassment, and violence.


Staff and Volunteers

External Investigator


If an employee is unsure how to handle a situation, they should speak to their supervisor or the Managing Director – Global Operations.

Effective Date

April 1, 2024

Review Date

March 30, 2025


Pankaj Jain, Global CIO