The cégep Lévis-Lauzon sentenced to psychological harassment against a former executive

Le cégep Lévis-Lauzon condamné pour harcèlement psychologique envers un ex-cadre

The cégep Lévis-Lauzon is ordered to pay over $ 42 000 to a former executive who has suffered the psychological harassment on the part of senior management.

Martin Hénault was coordinator of the service of the buildings and facilities of the cégep de Lévis-Lauzon, before handing in his resignation in June 2019 “to preserve his health and his dignity.”

During the previous year, the executive was accused of “mismanagement of public funds” and “serious breaches”.

Gold it was, rather, a “load-disciplinary brutal” “inexplicable” in the eyes of the judge Myriam Bédard, of the administrative Tribunal of the work.

Justice Bédard stated that “speed crackdown” against this framework of experience was “remarkable” and that “nothing prepared Mr. Hénault to such strikes”.

The cégep Lévis-Lauzon is thus ordered to pay more than 42 000 $ in moral damages and punitive damages to his ex-employee.

The direction of the cégep Lévis-Lauzon has decided to appeal the decision.

Concern within the staff

The Syndicat des professeures et professeurs du cégep de Lévis-Lauzon, it is claimed that this decision “fuels the anxiety already existing within the staff”.

Last fall, the board of directors has renewed the contract of the director-general, Isabelle Fortier, for another five years despite opposition unanimous agreement of the trade unions and the commission of studies, precise-t-on.

The governance of this college should be closely scrutinized, according to the trade unions. “Although the resources of the ministry of Education and higher Education is monopolised by the health crisis, it should not be that the situation degenerated to the risk of having to require a guardianship,” says Ann Gingras, president of the Conseil central de Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches (CSN), in a press release.

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