Documents suggest CBC a harassing kind of place



OTTAWA — Documents regarding "reports of harassment or inappropriate behaviour" at CBC are leading to more questions than answers.

In response to a QMI Agency access to information request about conduct unbecoming at the state broadcaster, CBC released a file indicating some 1,454 documents existed. The documents, which all relate to complaints involving CBC employees, date from Jan. 1, 2010, until mid-2012 and cover just two offices – Toronto headquarters and Ottawa.

The files have had most information, including the types of complaints, the severity and how they were dealt with, blacked out but it's clear there are plenty of problems.

"Too many cases and I'm getting them mixed up in my mind," wrote an undisclosed employee to a CBC HR manager.

The release of the documents comes as the RCMP deal with a string of harassment allegations in its own agency, and as a Commons committee examines sexual harassment in the federal workplace. The committee has already heard from the Mounties and several other departments but not CBC.

The documents don't explain the status of the cases or how much money might have been paid out in settlements.

A previous document release showed taxpayers may be on the hook for regular settlement payouts, investigations and legal fees. A request for records indicating amounts paid to investigate complaints in the 2009-2010 fiscal year returned plenty of invoices but no dollar figure.

According to those documents, CBC paid out some 30 invoices that year to lawyers and investigators in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax to settle harassment cases.

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