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article imageCBC union warns employees about what they say in Ghomeshi probe

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 9, 2014 in Crime
The union for staff at the CBC, the Canadian Media Guild, sent out a memo today warning its members that anything they told the independent investigator looking into the Jian Ghomeshi affair could be used against them. The CBC confirmed that is the case.
CBC hires Rubin for Ghomeshi probe
The prominent Toronto employment lawyer, Janice Rubin, was hired by the CBC last month to conduct an internal investigation into allegations of wrongdoing such as harassment, sexual harassment, or other inappropriate goings-on, during the tenure of Ghomeshi on the radio show Q.
When she was hired in early November, the CBC sent an announcement out to staff to inform them. At that time they told anyone who worked on Q who had stories of “harassment, discrimination, violence or other inappropriate workplace conduct” should come forward.
Rubin will interview CBC staff who ask to speak with her. She can relay any of the information she obtains that she feels is relevant to CBC management. The CMG told its members that given that is the case, they should be cautious about what they tell her. They also pointed out that while Rubin can record the interviews, CBC employees being interviewed cannot.
“We’ve also been informed Ms. Rubin’s recordings may...be provided to CBC management and relied on by management to discipline the employee being interviewed,” says the memo from the union's CBC president, Marc-Philippe Laurin. “CMG has been unable to receive assurances against self-incrimination, and cautions that the contents of these interviews could be used as the basis for disciplining the person making the statements.”
CBC; employees to get transcript
In an email to the Toronto Star Monday, CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson said that at the end of each interview, the employee will be given a manuscript of what they said to confirm its accuracy. No employee, Thompson said, has to speak to Rubin if they do not want to.
It's unclear when the review will be finished. Meanwhile, Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one of overcoming resistance by choking. He next appears in court on January 8.
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