Finance minister's legal fight with Patrick Brown reveals how sexual harassment complaint was handled - 2019-03-28

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F94.png Finance minister's legal fight with Patrick Brown reveals how sexual harassment complaint was handled March 28, 2019, Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli's legal salvo against former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown's tell-all political memoir sheds light on how a workplace sexual harassment complaint was handled by the party and Premier Doug Ford last year. The finance minister — who is suing Brown and his publisher for $8 million in a defamation case — says in a statement of reply that he did not learn of a complaint of improper behaviour made against him until days after a female staffer was first told her job was being cut because of the party's precarious financial state under Brown.

"It was only then that the complainant alleged, for the first time to Fedeli's knowledge, that Fedeli had engaged in improper conduct of a sexual nature toward her," says the statement. The statement of reply is a response to claims made in Brown's statement of defence. Fedeli's statement of claim was filed in January. The reply document filed in Ontario Superior Court of Justice suggests the unnamed woman made the complaint as a ploy to get a bigger severance package. The reply statement flatly denies Fedeli engaged in "inappropriate behaviour" with her as alleged in Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown, calling the book "a vindictive attack on Fedeli's character." None of the allegations have been tested in court.

"It was only then that the complainant alleged, for the first time to Fedeli's knowledge, that Fedeli had engaged in improper conduct of a sexual nature toward her," says the statement. The statement of reply is a response to claims made in Brown's statement of defence. Fedeli's statement of claim was filed in January.

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