20170221 For the record (Tony Clement, asylum seekers, Uber, sexual harassment, Susan J. Fowler)

CBC News, “Tony Clement hangs up on CBC Daybreak after exchange over asylum seekers – Public safety critic takes issue with questions about RCMP posed by morning host

(MF: CBC Montreal Daybreak host Mike Finnerty

TC: Tony Clement, the Conservative Party’s public safety critic)

“MF: So you think you should keep that rule in place, meaning that people still will try their luck and cross on foot.

TC: I’m saying that the RCMP need more resources to prevent that kind of activity and that we should be applying the law as it exists right now.

MF: So what should they do? 

TC: As a first stop, sir, we should apply the law. How about that for a reason?

MF: Because we have photographs, for instance, on the front page of the newspapers this morning here in Quebec of RCMP officers welcoming refugees on foot. In fact, there’s a picture on two of the papers of a baby being handed over into the arms of – 

TC: Yeah, we’re a welcoming society. I get that. But –

MF: But are you saying they should act differently? 

TC: No, now you’re putting words in my mouth.

MF: I’m just asking you, actually. What do you think the RCMP’s role should be on the border?

TC: I’ve already told you. I’ve already told you, sir. We should apply the law. We should make sure the RCMP have the resources to apply the law.

MF: Right, so what would that look like?

TC: – and we are a law-based society and any claimants who want to make a claim to Canada should do so through legal means. And I believe that your listeners believe that and I believe that Canadians believe that. And we’re calling on the government –

MF: Fine. But, so what would that look like?

(note: “Brief history of Canada’s responses to refugees“)

Susan J. Fowler, former Uber site reliability engineer, “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber

After the first couple of weeks of training, I chose to join the team that worked on my area of expertise, and this is where things started getting weird. On my first official day rotating on the team, my new manager sent me a string of messages over company chat. He was in an open relationship, he said, and his girlfriend was having an easy time finding new partners but he wasn’t. He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn’t help getting in trouble, because he was looking for women to have sex with. It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR.

Uber was a pretty good-sized company at that time, and I had pretty standard expectations of how they would handle situations like this. I expected that I would report him to HR, they would handle the situation appropriately, and then life would go on – unfortunately, things played out quite a bit differently. When I reported the situation, I was told by both HR and upper management that even though this was clearly sexual harassment and he was propositioning me, it was this man’s first offense, and that they wouldn’t feel comfortable giving him anything other than a warning and a stern talking-to. Upper management told me that he “was a high performer” (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part. […]

Over the next few months, I began to meet more women engineers in the company. As I got to know them, and heard their stories, I was surprised that some of them had stories similar to my own. Some of the women even had stories about reporting the exact same manager I had reported, and had reported inappropriate interactions with him long before I had even joined the company. It became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being “his first offense”, and it certainly wasn’t his last. Within a few months, he was reported once again for inappropriate behavior, and those who reported him were told it was still his “first offense”. The situation was escalated as far up the chain as it could be escalated, and still nothing was done.

AdWeek, “Uber CEO Launches An ‘Urgent Investigation’ Into Workplace Harassment Following Female Engineer’s Blog Post – Susan Fowler recounted a ‘slightly horrifying’ experience



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