Harassment in Sports

2022-10-18

It is well known that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.  And despite the extensive framework of legislation, Court cases and the more general public awareness of this issue, discrimination remains a widespread concern. Most recently we have seen it emerge publicly in sports and athletics.

Discrimination in sport frequently involves stigmatisation on the basis of external characteristics such as gender, ethnicity or physical appearance. However, intolerance of people who identify as part of sexual and gender diverse communities is also an element. Recent allegations that have surfaced in the media of racism between athletes being investigated by hockey leagues shows that discrimination in sport remains an issue.

Misconduct in sports can also impact the community. In Canada, a Fifth Estate investigation has found junior hockey players were the subjects of police investigations in at least 15 group sexual assault cases across Canada since 1989.

Organizations that find themselves facing these issues should conduct an investigation to ascertain the status of any allegations. During the interim period, organizations should also seek counsel on their obligation to protect others from the alleged threat by providing notice to interested athletes, parents and members of the sports community while ensuring that they do not impact the investigation nor destroy the reputation of any investigated persons.

By Sean Gladney, CEO, The Investigators Group Inc.

Sean Gladney is a licensed private investigator. He conducts workplace investigations involving harassment, bullying, discrimination and other forms of misconduct. Sean conducts investigations both provincial laws as well as under the Canada Labour Code in federally - regulated workplaces.

For more information regarding workplace harassment investigations, you can contact Sean via email at sean@investigators-group.com

The Investigators Group Inc. (IGI) was established in 1995 as a full service private investigation and security firm serving individuals across North America. We serve the legal, insurance and corporate communities as well as individuals through our civil and executive services. IGI provides professional investigation services, fraud investigators, workplace investigations, undercover operations, loss prevention and security services.

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