Ontario Liberals deny silencing workplace sexual harassment complainant

The woman claimed she was bound by a non-disclosure agreement but Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’s free to speak out.

Ontario Liberals deny silencing workplace sexual harassment complainant

The woman who accused former Liberal MPP Kim Craitor of workplace sexual harassment can in fact discuss the incident if she wishes, according to Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Wynne’s comments came after a woman who worked in Craitor’s office told a Niagara newspaper that she couldn’t comment on the issue as she was bound by a non-disclosure agreement.

It was revealed earlier this week that Craitor was asked to resign in 2013, following the results of an independent investigation, launched on the back of sexual harassment complaints.

"The woman came forward and she is free to talk and tell her story as she sees fit," Wynne said, then suggesting that it was the woman herself who has asked for the agreement.

“When a complainant suggests that a confidentiality agreement be part of a resolution then of course we agree to that,” she stressed.

Craitor, now a city councillor in Niagara Falls, said the three-year-old accusations were unfounded and claimed the Liberal party paid the complainants "to keep the allegations quiet."

The 69-year-old is one of two caucus members who had to be disciplined by Wynne on the basis of inappropriate behaviour but she has so far refused to name the second MPP, reveal how that person was disciplined or confirm if they are still a sitting member of the legislature.

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