Civilian Do Not Disturb employee said that she suffered retribution after reporting the abuse
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As a woman and civilian working at the Navy Pier on the west coast of Canada, Krystina MacLean has experienced and experienced many things.
In the mixed South Asian ancestry, the captain of the Ministry of Defense tugboat often referred to her as the “black bit” of her colleague, and she was responsible for supervision.
The workplace harassment investigation later admitted that she was also referred to as “Paki” at work and had other racial and sexual assault clauses.
McLean said that when sanding the deck with her hands and knees, other male flight attendants often asked her to “serve” when they were laid off.
MacLean told CBC News: “At the time I just felt… I felt lonely. I felt scared to work with these people.”
Over the years, the armed forces’ attention to sexual misconduct and racism has been focused on the actions of military personnel. This is a late social consideration that tends to cover up well-documented incidents of brutal abuse against civilian personnel in the Ministry of Defense. (DND).
McLean said that from 2006 to 2011, she endured five years of mockery. Even if she tried to laugh at the abuse, she felt guilty because she did not fight back and “disappointed her father and mother”.
The tipping point occurred ten years ago when the tug captain Alex Marjanovich (also a civilian) she served put down the drawer and exposed the back to the crew of another tug. The investigator later described this as a “lunar incident”. .
An eyewitness who spoke with investigators said that the captain’s naked back was a feature often seen in his life at the Esquimalt Naval Base in British Columbia.
“There has always been some kind of inappropriate situation, and I just accept it as the norm. Until Krystina filed a claim,” said Malcolm Rodin, a retired marine engineer. He said that Marjanovich’s antics are sometimes cheered by other dockers.
“I think 90% of people see him pull his pants down [on a regular basis] Rodin said, “And it gave him active support. I think everyone on the 250 crane barge, even the barge captain, will see him pull his pants down.”
Marjanovich arrived by phone late Friday and said that military police had investigated him during the “Moon Incident” in 2011 and that he had done nothing wrong. There has never been an accusation.
He said: “I am forgiven. I have a letter.” Marjanovich also denied any wrongdoing involving MacLean’s treatment before hanging up the phone.
The case clearly shows that despite the recent series of dirty accusations involving senior leaders, the misconduct within the defense community is not limited to military uniforms.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Jody Thomas (Jody Thomas) pointed out that the Department of Defense’s response to the ongoing crisis of misconduct must include civilian personnel.
Interviewed by CBC Radio trend On Tuesday morning, Thomas was not specifically asked about the MacLean case. Instead, he talked more broadly about the culture and why misconduct persists.
Thomas said she believes that although women have been in the war for more than 30 years, they have not really been included.
She said: “I think there is a difference between integration and inclusion. People still have a strong sense of who has the right to get this institution and who is not eligible.” She added that the department must “hide in’harmful’ After the words, and “improper” sex.
“This is inappropriate behavior, time… and we have to start calling things real because this changes the culture.”
When asked about the “Moon” incident and McLean’s efforts, DND said in a statement that improper behavior is unacceptable because “these behaviors have a negative impact on our collective well-being, morale and behavior. [the] The “combat effectiveness” of the defense team.
DND spokesperson Dan LeBouthillier (Dan LeBouthillier) said: “This situation is a serious and complicated labor relations issue that requires the joint efforts of the Department of Defense team and the Royal Canadian Navy.”
“The management takes these allegations very seriously. In order to ensure a fair review, appropriate measures have been taken and independent external investigators have been hired to investigate these allegations to ensure fairness.”
The department did not disclose whether it would review the Macleans case again, but declined to disclose whether Marianovich’s actions were subject to disciplinary action, for reasons of privacy protection.
LeBouthillier said: “Based on the information available at the time, management took action in response to the independent investigation and acted on the advice of industrial relations professionals.”
However, the way the DND and the Navy responded to the MacLean case was consistent with what military and civilian women working in the Department of Defense said they often face when reporting abuses.
The “Moon” incident in April 2011 prompted MacLean to file a written complaint-a formal challenge that ignited a series of ongoing labor struggles and human rights court complaints that ultimately dragged down three other supervisors.
“Disgusting” and “seriously flawed”
However, the day after the complaint was filed, it was MacLean who received disciplinary action for allegedly having a “lewd” encounter with her husband who was working on another ship at the time. This complaint was ultimately to no avail.
Some of MacLean’s dissatisfaction prompted her to be temporarily suspended after conducting two separate military police investigations. She was accused of exaggerating her claims and harassing colleagues and making malicious statements about them. Neither investigation brought any charges against her.
MacLean subsequently lost her position on the tug in a harsh 2012 investigative report that invalidated many of her claims.
Her union leader later called the report “disgusting” and “seriously flawed.”
According to an investigation by her union, the captain admitted that the captain had “pacified” the other crew members and used racial insults, but stated that he did not target them at McLean.
It refuted the suggestion of sexual harassment, but admitted that she had faced “personal” harassment.
Finally, MacLean is the task undertaken by investigators, who described her way of expressing herself as exaggerated and exaggerated. They questioned her character and even her mental health.
In the end, this investigation report caught the attention of Jun Wenger, chairman of the National Defense Employees’ Union. She said that when she read it, she couldn’t believe what she saw.
Wenger said: “It seems to be the mentality of a mob.” “Everyone just jumps on top and hurts her over and over again. Also, whenever they go the wrong way and make the situation worse, the department Every chance of it must be corrected.”
After investigating her complaint, Macleans was accused of harassing the supervisor she complained about and lodged an unreasonable complaint. She was subsequently suspended.
Later, for a period of time after the investigation, her task was to clean up the military septic tank.
The naval officer who authorized the suspension of the navy at that time was the superior of the navy. Captain Bob Auchterlonie (Bob Auchterlonie), now a brigadier general, will take over as the head of the Army Joint Operations Command.
Oxtellone said in a written statement: “Since this matter was managed under the advice of the Labor Relations Group and has been resolved since then, it is not appropriate to comment further.”
‘I was set as a target’
MacLean was reassigned to the naval base in 2013. At the time, she said that the then senior navy commander (not Auchterlonie) told her that if you want to adapt, the rough, sometimes obscene culture in the dock is just something you have to accept. .
Three years passed before DND defended her and agreed to a settlement, and the terms of the settlement remained confidential.
Among McLean’s colleagues, few except Rodin were willing to work for her, and the investigation work did its best to emphasize the extent of her rejection.
Rodin said that others, including another obvious minority tug captain, refused to participate in the investigation.
Although she had verbally complained about her treatment before 2011, she said that the move to file a formal complaint overwhelmed the department.
McLean said: “I definitely feel that I am targeted. “The worst thing is, I really believe that if senior management and employers set the tone at the beginning and figure out the beginning of things, they will do better. That will have completely different results. “
McLean said she felt completely abandoned, especially by the civilian leaders on the docks, including Doug Kimmett, the auxiliary fleet manager, who later suffered a now-suspended human rights complaint.
When asked for comment on Friday night, Kimmet said he did not want to intervene in the case again, but defended his decision in due course and was not biased.
He said: “I took all complaints face-to-face and asked the relevant departments to investigate.” “We followed this procedure. It was properly investigated under the guidance of the federal government.”
Rodin said that MacLean’s experience is unacceptable in any work environment. He added that he was not surprised that he faced retribution for his speech.
“Everyone knows what happened”
Rodin said that he was not surprised to see their colleague “throwing her off the bus” on the beach because she had already ruined the status quo.
He said: “She goes against the culture, so you have to gather everyone and call on the office staff to let this happen. They don’t want them to be the focus of people’s attention.” “A lot of things happened to her, and I told her. Too many inappropriate things.”
Rodin said that after sponsoring MacLean, he faced his own forms of condemnation and retribution, including harassment during sick leave, and these incidents prompted him to retire early.
He said that since the moment he talked to the investigator, he felt that he had a target on his back.
“It’s kind of ridiculous. If you don’t tell the truth, how do you live with yourself?” Rodin said.
“Everyone knows what happened, they did nothing.”
Wenger said that data released by the federal government to labor unions showed that in the first three months of this year, DND civilian employees filed 52 harassment complaints. Of the 420 people who admitted to some form or another of harassment in the Anonymous Department’s workplace survey last year, this was only a small percentage.
Wenger said these figures tell her that civil defense employees are afraid to move forward.
Wenger said: “This is a leadership crisis.” “Only leaders can prevent this.”