Dismissed HR manager slams CBC over “toxic work environment”

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A senior HR professional dismissed by the CBC last month has filed a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal, claiming the company’s caustic culture made her mentally unwell.

According to court documents, Julia Evans was “experiencing severe bouts of stress, anxiety and depression as a direct result of a toxic work environment engendered by (the CBC.)”

Five days after her termination, a doctor told the 37-year-old that she was “unfit to work.”

Evans claims she was fired without cause or reasonable notice but her lawsuit does refer to “unfounded and spurious allegations of cause,” which brought on psychological stress.

The former HR leader also alleges that CBC treated her “in a malicious, high-handed, arrogant and contemptuous manner” – she is seeking $110,000 in lieu of a year’s notice, plus damages for lost benefits and pension contributions.

While CBC has not yet filed defence, spokesman Chuck Thompson told the National Post that the dismissal was completely above board.

“Ms. Evans was let go for cause and we stand by that decision; we will defend our position accordingly through the appropriate channels,” he said.

Evans’ lawsuit joins two other major legal actions made against the CBC for wrongful dismissal in the fallout from the Jian Ghomeshi affair and subsequent inquiry.

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