Roberts Settlement

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Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, Mario Dion, satisfied with the mediation settlement in the Roberts and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd reprisal complaint.

Ottawa, June 11, 2012 –A settlement has been reached in the reprisal complaint matter between Mr. Wayne Roberts and Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) which has been accepted by the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal. As a result, Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, Mario Dion, has withdrawn the application that was filed with the Tribunal on September 7, 2011. As agreed by the parties, details of the settlement cannot be made public. A mediated settlement means that the parties agreed to resolve the complaint prior to a hearing.  As such, no finding of reprisal was made against AECL in this matter.

“I am very pleased that a resolution could be found within a reasonable time frame,” states Commissioner Dion. “This outcome is yet another indication that the disclosure of wrongdoing regime in the federal public sector is effective, that disclosers can be protected and that the Act works.”
 
The mediation meeting was held on May 14, 2012 in Toronto and was presided by the Honourable Marie-Josée Bédard, one of three federal court judges appointed to the Tribunal. This voluntary mediation was launched by the Tribunal as part of its process for dealing with applications by the Commissioner.  The Commissioner, as a result of his investigation into a reprisal complaint, had reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Roberts’ employment was terminated as a reprisal measure for having made a protected disclosure of wrongdoing as defined under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act

The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner investigates complaints of reprisal from current and former public servants who believe they have suffered a reprisal as a result of having made a protected disclosure or participated, in good faith, in an investigation into a disclosure of wrongdoing.

Every reprisal complaint is thoroughly reviewed to determine if an investigation is warranted.  The Commissioner decides at the conclusion of the investigation whether an application to the Tribunal is warranted.  The Tribunal has the power to determine whether a reprisal was made and can order appropriate remedy in favour of the complainant, and if requested by the Commissioner, an order for disciplinary sanctions against those who have taken reprisals. 

There are currently two cases before the Tribunal and sixteen (16) ongoing investigations into reprisal complaints.

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For more information, contact:

Edith Lachapelle
Manager, Communications
Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada
Tel: 613.946.2138
Email: Lachapelle.Edith@psic-ispc.gc.ca