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Supporting employee rights through digital platforms

The modern era has introduced fabulous technologies meant to improve the lives of the average Canadian. However, even in this enlightened era, the issue of workplace harassment remains pervasive both here in Ontario and across the nation. Now, a new movement is embracing employee rights by turning to technology to help employees come forward about their harassment in a safe and anonymous way. 

A U.S. comedy college was at the forefront of the news recently after one of its main hosts was accused on Facebook of raping several women. To address these allegations and prevent further such incidents in their workplace, the Upright Citizen's Brigade theater and school has developed an app called Callisto. Meant to replace their little-used telephone hotline, Callisto is an app that can be used to report incidents of workplace harassment to a unified database. 

The incident is logged without being officially reported, at least initially. If someone else reports an incident with the same person or persons, the app notifies the original victim and asks if they wish to report their story. This is meant to allay some of the fear associated with coming forward as a victim of harassment, a move often met with harsh backlash from co-workers and employees. 

Obviously much still needs to be done to support employee rights in Canadian workplaces. However, no one solution will be enough to solve the problem for good. This is why, here in Ontario, individuals facing workplace harassment have the option to seek legal counsel from experienced employment attorneys who can help build a harassment case in incidents where employers are unable or unwilling to address the issues.

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