# 2017-110 - Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service (COATS), Class A Reserve Service, Harassment

Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service (COATS), Class A Reserve Service, Harassment

Case Summary

F&R Date: 2017–12–22

After being placed on Initial Counselling (IC) for conduct deficiencies, the grievor was also denied Class (Cl) “A” employment opportunities. She successfully grieved the IC, and in his decision, the Final Authority also stated that the denial of Cl “A” employment was also unfair. This decision prompted the grievor to submit two separate grievances concerning denials of employment. She subsequently submitted a third grievance in which she disagreed with the findings of the Responsible Officer (RO) concerning a harassment complaint she had made against her Commanding Officer.

The Initial Authority (IA) determined that the reason the grievor had not been approved for Cl “A” service had been clearly identified in the IC and he found that decision to be reasonable. A different IA reviewed the harassment complaint and found the RO's assessment that the grievor's allegations were unfounded was objective and the decision to close the file was justified.

The Committee found that the grievor had been unfairly denied Cl “A” employment on a number of occasions. The Committee also found that, although many of the actions complained of in the harassment complaint did not meet the definition of harassment, the denial of Cl “A” constituted an abuse of authority and this allegation of harassment was therefore founded.

The Committee recommended that the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) acknowledge the unfair treatment the grievor had been subjected to and consider granting an ex gratia payment to the grievor for the missed employment opportunities.

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