Ex-senator Don Meredith s staff to be compensated $498K for harassment, abuse
|CTVnews 14 Oct 2020 at 11:12|
OTTAWA -- The Senate of Canada will pay nearly half a million dollars in compensation to nine employees of a now-resigned senator who say they suffered harassment, including sexual harassment, on the job.
The decision today to award $498,000 in compensation plus legal fees comes more than a year after a Senate investigation found a pattern of inappropriate behaviour by then-senator Don Meredith.
That included demeaning, belittling and humiliating staff members as well as kissing, touching and intimidation that created what the Senate ethics investigator described as a "poisoned work environment."
But it was only this summer that a former Quebec appeals court judge was brought in to look at potential compensation for the employees following complaints about a lack of recognition of their suffering.
The Senate says the compensation amount announced this morning was based on Justice Louise Otis s recommendations.
Meredith, who was first appointed to the Senate by prime minister Stephen Harper in 2010, resigned from the upper chamber in 2017.