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Sexual harassment claims made against Wheatland County employees

By Monique Massiah, Strathmore Standard

A former employee of Wheatland County is making claims of sexual harassment and bullying while working for the county.

 

Stacey Jackson, who worked for the county for four seasons, spoke out about incidents where she claims she was sexually harassed and put in mentally unsafe situations while she worked for the county.

“There has been so much bullying and sexual harassment going on at the county,” she said.

On March 13, Wheatland County responded to the allegations.

“Wheatland County is responding to an allegation of harassment and bullying made by a former employee against another employee,” a release said.

“We currently have a complaint of bullying in the workplace under investigation,” stated Chief Administrative Officer Alan Parkin. “We are taking the claim very seriously, and a full investigation is being undertaken. For privacy and confidentiality reasons, we are not able to comment at this time.”

For her part Jackson explained that in her situation the issues were ongoing.

“The first season I encountered sexual harassment, but you know I am just starting there and I just wanted to do my job,” she said.

“The second season came and it was getting worse, so I brought it up at that time to my foreman.”

Jackson alleges that she received texts and images of a sexual nature from another employee. She made an appointment with human resources and was put into the same room with the person who harassed her.

A member of the human resources staff allegedly said to her, 'so does 'John Doe' remind you of someone that hurt you in your past Stacey.' In another alleged incident, she was harassed by two employees while driving for 30 minutes in a fleet vehicle to a work site.

“Pretty much I just ended up having to put up with that incident of sexual harassment, which never ended up until the day that I left,” she said.

In another instance, Jackson had a mental breakdown at work and tried to commit suicide. She alleges that a video was taken of her during medical distress and the video was shared with staff via social media.

“I think this needs to come out with this #MeToo thing and I have people that are willing to come out,” she said. “We signed something at the beginning of work that we wouldn't talk about the county, but I am pretty sure that I don't have to put up with di** shots...and being told that I couldn't have a job.”

 



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