Traliant Resources


New Brunswick
Equal Employment Opportunity


Please review the information below and then return to the workplace harassment and violence prevention course.


Applicable Laws

The primary New Brunswick law prohibiting employment discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of any protected ground is the New Brunswick Human Rights Act.

the New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act prohibits harassment and violence in the workplace.

Protected Grounds

Harassment or discrimination based on any ground set forth below is prohibited in New Brunswick.

  • Race
  • Colour
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Place of origin
  • Age
  • Physical disability
  • Mental disability
  • Marital status
  • Family status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sex
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Social condition
  • Political belief or activity

Some provincial or territorial laws provide additional, separate standards and remedies for certain prohibited conduct, such as laws addressing equal pay without regard to sex or other protected ground.

Definitions of Harassment and Violence

Harassment is comments or conduct that is known or may be seen to be unwelcome

Workplace Violence means the attempted or actual use of physical force against an employee, or any threatening statement or behavior that gives an employee reasonable cause to believe that physical force will be used against the employee, and includes sexual violence, intimate partner violence and domestic violence that occurs in the workplace.

Filing a Claim in New Brunswick

A claim for employment discrimination or harassment based on a protected ground may be filed with the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.

A claim related to workplace violence, including harassment, may be filed with the New Brunswick Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission.

Retaliation Prohibited

Employer retaliation against an employee who files a complaint relating to harassment or workplace violence or is involved in the complaint process is unlawful.