Newfoundland woman bound, gagged at work in Scottish whistleblower scandal

Lawrence Kim
May 25, 2018

She claims it took place amid years of bullying and harassment at Marine Scotland's Scrabster office.

Ms Sturgeon said she had asked a top civil servant to conduct a full review into the circumstances and report to her personally as soon as possible.

The Scottish leader says she was "absolutely horrified at the photograph that has been in the media over the past 24 hours".

After complaining about the alleged bullying, Fitzpatrick claimed she was taped to a chair and gagged by two male colleagues in 2010, according to BBC Scotland.

Ms. Fitzpatrick has been on leave from the fisheries watchdog since November 2016.

Ms Fitzpatrick claimed that over a period of nearly 10 years she had been subjected to behaviour including being mocked about having a miscarriage, being told certain staff didn't want "a foreign woman", and subjected to racist language.

In the email, she said, "The endemic nature of the misogyny and racism in DeeAnn's workplace is especially personally demoralizing, both to DeeAnn, who has been living with this for so long, her work colleagues who have also been subject to abuse, but also to myself - this is 2018, and this kind of bullying should have been defeated a long time ago".

A woman from Bell Island is facing her own battle with workplace harassment, after she claims she was strapped to a chair and gagged by her male coworkers in Scotland.

In evidence to a tribunal, Canadian national Ms Fitzpatrick, 49, claims she was told: 'This is what you get when you speak out against the boys'.

The fisheries officer has taken her case to an employment tribunal.

The incident came to light during an ongoing employment tribunal on the manner.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government, which overseas Marine Scotland, said it has "clear standards of behaviour which apply to all staff".

DeAnn, who has been signed off since the death of her father, faces a disciplinary hearing herself at the end of May, accused of being "rude and overzealous" at work.

The BBC have named the alleged attackers as Reid Anderson and Jody Paske.

"She says that she tried to raise the alarm with her manager, but her manager simply said, 'That was the boys just being boys'".

Mr Anderson, who the BBC understands remains employed by Marine Scotland and has recently been promoted, did not respond to the allegations, although civil servants are usually unable to comment without government approval.

He said: "These are false allegations". I can't remember the event you mention, but if it did happen, it would have been office banter.

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