Protecting harassers is unacceptable, says Michael

NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is appalled by the revelations of recent newspaper stories concerning sexual harassment in the provincial public service.

“When I was asked to comment earlier this month on the allegations surrounding a Liberal MP, I said our House of Assembly, like the federal Parliament, needed a policy in place similar to the one that existed for our provincial public service,” Michael said today.

“Now we have news that our system failed one woman spectacularly, and continues to fail women in the public service. This is completely, totally, unacceptable.”

Michael brought the issue to Question Period today, asking government how it could be possible that in 2015 public servants still have little recourse against unwanted sexual attention from coworkers.

“The issue of silence around sexual harassment of women is on-going and unresolved everywhere in our society, including inside the walls of government,” Michael said in the House today.

“I ask the premier, how is he fixing the discrepancy between what he has said publicly about giving women a safe place to step up and disclose, and the actual situation inside the public service?”

The NDP Parliamentary Leader says protection of men who harass is endemic, and the silence can be deafening. She wants to know what the premier is doing to ensure women who are harassed in the public service can safely disclose harassment without feeling they are jeopardizing their careers.

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