Report: MUN professor was harassed and bullied



    OTTAWA, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - An independent investigation into
allegations of employer misconduct at the Memorial University of Newfoundland
and Eastern Health Corporation has found that a professor of medicine was the
victim of years of harassment and unfair treatment.
    The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) established an
independent committee of inquiry following claims by Dr. Cathy Popadiuk, a
gynaecologic oncologist at Memorial's Faculty of Medicine, that after a
disagreement arose with her superiors she was subjected to continued
harassment and bullying that violated her academic freedom and damaged her
professional reputation.
    Based upon the evidence in the case, the committee concludes that:
"Dr. Popadiuk experienced a pattern of harassment that extended over a period
of years: she was placed in an intimidating, hostile environment, has been
discouraged by her superiors in carrying out acceptable treatment options she
deemed best for her patients, (and) has had her clinical work assessed in a
manner that denied her natural justice.."
    The committee's report also warns that Dr. Popadiuk's experience was not
unique, and that during the course of the investigation other individuals
within the Faculty of Medicine and the Eastern Health Corporation provided
evidence that they too had been treated without respect and had their
livelihood threatened by cuts to operating and clinical time.
    The report calls on Memorial University and the Eastern Health
Corporation to issue an apology to Dr. Popadiuk. The committee also makes a
set of other recommendations, including that an effective dispute resolution
process be established and that a harassment policy be developed.

    The committee was comprised of: Dr. Albert Katz, professor and chair.
Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Dr. Lori J. West,
professor of Pediatrics, Surgery and Immunology, University of Alberta; and
Dr. Philippe DeWals, director of the Department of Social and Preventative
Medicine, University of Laval.

    Copies of the report can be downloaded at: http://www.popadiukinquiry.ca




For further information:

For further information: Dr. Albert Katz, (519) 661-2066, katz@uwo.ca

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