The Toronto Star is reporting that some Canadian women have been speaking out about sexual harassment and assault on the job in a report that could be a precursor to a broader discussion of workplace safety in Canada.
The Globe and Mail says it obtained internal documents from the department that it says describe complaints made by employees about harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior.
It also says the documents outline how the Canadian Union of Public Employees has been investigating allegations of sexual harassment.
The union says it received a report in October 2016 that some employees in the department were allegedly harassed or assaulted by employees who worked for the federal government.
The union says some of the allegations were made in the course of investigations into allegations of workplace violence against Aboriginal women in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The CBC News investigation also revealed a number of other alleged incidents of harassment and sexual assault at the federal and provincial levels.
The document obtained by the Globe and The Mail also alleges that some women in the federal public service complained of unwanted touching and sexual advances, and that some of these alleged incidents were recorded by colleagues and that they were then made public.
The report also alleges there were several instances of retaliation against employees who reported harassment.CBC News has contacted the federal ministry of human resources and employment to see if the allegations against the federal minister are true.
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