Talking it Out Does Help
A member of the Regular Force had filed a harassment complaint against a superior officer in his unit. The complaint arose out of an altercation that had sparked charges and an investigation
After filing the complaint, the member felt that his working environment had become so tense that it was intolerable. He sought a Quality of Life posting which would re-unite him with his fiancée. Several months went by. There was no movement on either the posting or the harassment complaint.
To further complicate matters, the complainant was now facing charges as a result of the altercation. He felt that the charges were merely retaliatory measures being taken against him, and that these measures were being offered as reasons for the delays.
He turned to this Office for help.
The investigator met with the complainant to discuss the situation. There were also numerous informal meetings with officers in the unit, as well as the unit*s padre and those who had investigated the case.
Charges against the complainant were dropped. He was exonerated and as a result of the Office*s intervention, progress was made on both the harassment complaint and the Quality of Life posting. The harassment complaint was resolved in his favour and he received his posting.