In 1986 PSAC negotiated a Master Agreement with Treasury Board that included a no discrimination clause, as well as a clause prohibiting sexual harassment. This was a major breakthrough because sexual harassment had not yet been recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada as a form of discrimination.
Current collective agreements between the PSAC and Treasury Board include clauses on sexual harassment, no discrimination, and health and safety. Variations of these prohibitions exist in virtually all PSAC collective agreements.
Despite good language in collective agreements, harassment is still an issue in the workplace. For example, 31 percent of all women who completed the 2011 federal Public Service Employee Survey reported having experienced harassment.