Premier Kathleen Wynne said she is “open” to studying the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace on Monday, amid allegations surrounding former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi.
The Tory government is too pushing to examine workplace sexual harassment given the recent allegations against Ghomeshi.
The Toronto Star has reported that the CBC has hired an independent investigator to look at how it handled complaints from at one particular former female employee about Ghomeshi.
Monday, PC Laurie Scott called on the premier to put together an all-party committee to study sexual harassment in the workplace.
Scott suggested the allegations against Ghomeshi are “bringing to light many other instances where complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace have not been taken seriously in Ontario.”
“It affects all of us in all of our work situations across society, quite frankly, and it affects every single one of us in the sense that we all have to be vigilant and not pretend that somehow this issue has been resolved because it’s 2014 and we have moved on,” Wynne said during Monday’s question period.
“It’s very real. What has happened over the last week has made it clear that it’s very real and we have to continue to be vigilant in every way that we can in all parts of our lives.”
Ghomeshi has continually stated that he has engaged in “rough” sex, but that it was always consensual.
Ghomeshi says he was fired from the CBC because of the risk that his sex life would become public, resulting in what he referred to as “a campaign of false allegations.”
The CBC has said it fired Ghomeshi after “graphic evidence” emerged that shows him causing a “physical injury” to a woman.
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Do you think a committee is necessary? Do you find that sexual harassment is becoming more prevalent in your workplace? Are you more tentative in the workplace when it comes to engaging with your co-workers? What constitutes harassment – does it differ between people?