Workplace com­plaint filed against sit­ting UCP MLA

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One workplace com­plaint has been filed against a sit­ting UCP MLA, says a cau­cus spokes­woman.

“The mat­ter was ad­dressed by the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly Of­fice ac­cord­ing to the pro­cesses out­lined in the re­spect­ful workplace pol­icy,” said UCP cau­cus spokes­woman Christine My­att in a state­ment Fri­day. “The mat­ter is com­plete and all con­cerns have been ad­dressed.”

The state­ment was a response to a ques­tion from Post­media on whether any UCP MLAs have been ac­cused of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­haviour, in­clud­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct.

My­att said she didn’t know the de­tails of the com­plaint and couldn’t re­lease fur­ther de­tails.

On Thurs­day, the premier’s of­fice said two sit­ting NDP MLAs have been ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct since 2015.

The com­plaints did not come from peo­ple in cau­cus, said Ch­eryl Oates, the premier’s spokes­woman.

“In both cir­cum­stances, the al­leged be­haviour took place out­side the workplace,” Oates said in a state­ment.

“In or­der to re­spect the pri­vacy of the com­plainants, fur­ther de­tails will re­main con­fi­den­tial.”

She said third-party in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­taken in each case and the re­sult­ing rec­om­men­da­tions were im­ple­mented.

“In nei­ther case was crim­i­nal con­duct al­leged. In both cases, the in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­cluded that the be­haviour could be ad­dressed through ed­u­ca­tion and in­struc­tion,” she said.

“For the peo­ple who brought for­ward these com­plaints, the is­sues were se­ri­ous, and — as in ev­ery case in­volv­ing al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­haviour — they needed to be heard and ad­dressed.”

Oates told re­porters about the com­plaints fol­low­ing a news con­fer­ence where Premier Rachel Not­ley ad­dressed bul­ly­ing al­le­ga­tions within the NDP.

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