Workplace sex assault left victim suicidal, unable to work

A woman, who cannot be identified, has won an arbitration against the City of Calgary for a...

A woman, who cannot be identified, has won an arbitration against the City of Calgary for a workplace assault. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

CALGARY -- Failure to properly address workplace sexual abuse that drove an employee to the brink of suicide has cost the City of Calgary $805,000, according to an arbitrator's ruling.

The ruling, obtained by QMI Agency, says the victim -- who cannot be identified -- was a clerk in the roads department when she was sexually assaulted numerous times in November and December 2010, in the form of fondling by Terry Mutton, then a senior foreman.

Despite reporting the abuse to superiors, the arbitrator found little was done to protect her.

"What is particularly troubling is what occurred after she reported the sexual assaults perpetrated on her," the ruling reads.

The victim reported the abuse to Mike Wierzbicki -- Mutton's boss at the time -- but he failed to properly address the accusations, instead leaving on a week-long vacation and putting Mutton in charge while he was away, according to agreed-to facts.

She was assaulted throughout the week the manager was on vacation, the ruling states.

"One can only assume that he thought he could take advantage of a vulnerable employee without repercussions," the ruling states.

After confiding in her husband and fearing she wouldn't be believed, the victim hid a camera at her work station and recorded Mutton fondling her the next day.

Her husband then contacted Ryan Jestin, the director of roads, and a meeting was arranged with Dean Bell, then the manager of road maintenance and Wierzbicki's boss.

An investigation was launched, but Bell described the photos as "inconclusive."


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