Toronto employment lawyer Janice Rubin will investigate allegations about Jian Ghomeshi within the CBC, the public broadcaster announced in a note to staff on Tuesday.
The memo, sent by executive vice-president for English services Heather Conway, said Rubin and members of her team will begin their work immediately. Conway said Rubin’s final report will be delivered to senior CBC management and will include a summary of complaints, concerns and experiences, findings with respect to each complaint, and recommendations on how CBC can resolve the complaints.
She said Rubin will deliver a separate report “setting out her recommendations as to what steps CBC/Radio-Canada can take to prevent similar issues from arising in our organization in the future, including any recommended changes to CBC/Radio-Canada’s policies and procedures related to harassment, discrimination, respect in the workplace and workplace violence and the investigation of these issues.”
Conway invited current and former CBC employees who worked for Ghomeshi’s former radio show Q, as well as his old TV show Play, to contact Rubin if they have any complaints or concerns.
In a statement last week, CBC president Hubert Lacroix said recommendations from the third-party investigation would be shared with the public, but there was no mention of that in Conway’s memo. Spokesman Chuck Thompson did not immediately return a request for comment.
Rubin is a “leading authority on workplace harassment and has a certificate in workplace investigation,” wrote Conway. “She is an experienced workplace investigator having conducted investigations into allegations of harassment, bullying and poisoned work environment and other employee misconduct.”
Rubin’s law firm, Rubin Thomlinson LLP, referred the Star to its communications representative, who did not immediately return a request for comment.