Allegations of bullying in the workplace against leader Elizabeth May

News 27 January, 2018
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    OTTAWA-Three former employees of the green Party of Canada accused the leader Elizabeth May, bullying in the workplace.

    The allegations want it has created a toxic work environment, reported the Toronto Star, Saturday, stating that Ms. May, a 63-year-old, would cry after some of the employees, in addition to the ridicule in front of their colleagues.

    “What I witnessed was his propensity to be negative, and – more seriously – to scold, belittle, and intimidate the people,” said Rob Rainer, who has worked as interim director for the green Party of Canada in 2014.

    “The way we talk to others can really, really hurt”, he added.

    According to him, the ecological training has failed to counter and prevent a form of abuse, “verbal and emotional” in Elizabeth May, who is member since 2011 of the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands, on Vancouver island, British Columbia.

    Elizabeth May has denied the allegations of which it is the object of the three former employees in the course of an interview of over fifty minutes with reporter Alex Ballingall of the Star. Even the sound of a bell from the director-general of the party, Emily McMillan and another high-ranking officer from the greens, who have suggested daily torontonians that the allegations were nothing more than the result of the dissatisfaction of ex-employees.

    Rob Rainer asked Ms May to apologise to all those that she has been hurt by his conduct. He wants more than an independent investigator looks into the allegations to which the leader of the greens.

    “She should be forced to resign as leader of the party and sit as an mp” independent”, said Mr. Rainer.

    Another former employee, Diana Nunes, who has worked for more than 10 years as the director of finance of the green Party of Canada, was at the door “abruptly” in April 2015. According to his words, Ms. May “stab attacks” and yelled at employees. It was “intimidating” and was “deeply nasty”.

    Elizabeth May has rather been described, in an interview with the Star, as a leader, generous and encouraging. She also said that she does not remember having cried at work. “I’m the antithesis of the chief bully,” said Ms. May.