Former CBC HR Director Sues Network Over Firing In Wake Of Ghomeshi Case
May 31, 2016 at 4:22 AM (PT)
Former CBC Exec. Dir. Human Resources TODD SPENCER is suing the network for allegedly making him the "political scapegoat" in the JIAN GHOMESHI case.
The CBC reports that SPENCER alleged that the CBC was "harsh, vindictive, reprehensible and malicious or highhanded" in its "scapegoating and sacrificing SPENCER ... in order to address the fallout and damage to the CBC's reputation from the GHOMESHI affair" in his statement of claim filed with ONTARIO Superior Court on MARCH 24th. SPENCER was fired days after an independent report commissioned by the CBC from lawyer JANICE RUBIN said that the CBC had condoned an "intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment."
For its part, the CBC said that SPENCER's claim is "without merit and CBC stands by its decision to terminate Mr. SPENCER's employment," and alleged that SPENCER was supposed to investigate the claims against GHMOESHI but that his investigation was "mischaracterized and overstated," included meetings with employees that only took place after he had concluded there was no evidence against the "Q" host, and had allegedly "deliberately misled" the network as to the employees' concerns and had not followed up.
SPENCER was fired in APRIL 2015. He has since joined VERTICA RESIDENT SERVICES as Sr. Dir./National Operations.