Friday, March 11, 2016

WestJet hires Ernst & Young to review practices after sex assault suit

CALGARY - WestJet has hired Ernst & Young to conduct an independent investigation of issues raised by employees related to workplace assault or harassment.

The Calgary-based airline says it asked staff to come forward with any information they might have about assault or harassment after a former flight attendant filed a sexual assault lawsuit.

WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky says some staff members responded and in light of the new information, it has asked Ernst & Young to review its investigative and reporting procedures.

The airline says the consulting firm will also assess its practices for a safe and harassment-free work environment for its employees.

Former flight attendant Mandalena Lewis says in a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court that the airline failed to adequately investigate after she alleged a pilot had sexually assaulted her in 2010. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Saretsky says the company intends to defend the lawsuit in court but takes seriously the broader issues of sexual assault and harassment that were raised.

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