Peter A Allard School of Law

Sexual Harassment Law in the 21st Century - Faculty Colloquium with Bethany Hastie

Event Description: 

In 1989, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized sexual harassment as a form of discrimination in the landmark case of Janzen v Platy Enterprises, defining it as “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature”. That definition has endured in the thirty years since Janzen, despite significant changes to both discrimination law, and to social understandings of sexual harassment. This lecture will examine how sexual harassment law has been applied, and is evolving, in the 21st century, focusing especially on the relationship between the legal principles and gender stereotypes.

This is a hybrid event. Please contact Michelle Burchill, Events Manager at for the Zoom link. A limited number of light lunches will be available for those attending in person.

Bethany Hastie
Bethany Hastie

Bethany Hastie is an Associate Professor at the Peter A Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Her research examines issues attending precarious labour in the intersecting spaces of labour and employment, migration, and human rights law, with a focus on migrant labour, domestic work, labour exploitation, gender and work, and employment discrimination. 

Professor Hastie completed her doctorate in law at McGill University, where she held an O’Brien Fellowship in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She was a UBC Green College Leading Scholar from 2017-2019, and is a current member of UBC Centre for Migration Studies.

Professor Hastie’s current research includes a SSHRC-funded project exploring models of collective representation for precarious workplaces, a review of BC and Ontario human rights law on sexual harassment, funded by the Canadian Bar Association, and a comparative study on migrant worker recruitment legislation across Canada, funded by the Law Foundation of BC. 

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