-The Alberta Federation of Labour—is calling on UCP leader Jason Kenney—to fire his house leader Jason Nixon.
This comes after it was discovered Nixon had fired a female employee for lodging a sexual harassment complaint—-when he was the owner of a health and safety company—-in 2005.
AFL President Gil McGowan says Nixon was found guilty by the BC Human Rights Tribunal—of illegally firing a woman because she had complained about being sexually harassed by one of his clients.
She was slapped on the buttocks—offered pot, lingerie and truck tires—in return for sex—and was told to “dress sexier” on the job.
Not long after her official complaint to Nixon—she got a letter from him—telling her–“her services were no longer needed”—and that it had become apparent she was not fitting into the role they need on that particular project.
Yesterday—-Nixon told reporters he had “made a mistake” in the way he had handled the case.
Premier Rachel Notley says its a very serious matter:
“Its a very difficult problem—we know it proliferates everywhere—and its not easy to address. What we do know though—what’s going to keep women safe, what’s going to help deal with this problem–is ensuring as a first step–that they know they have the right to speak up.”
Notley says if Nixon was HER house leader—he’d be out.
In the meantime—the government is still working on getting Bill 30 through–which would have employers and supervisors required to take measures to prevent harassment and violence in the workplace… (photo credit–CBC)