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Petition to Sobeys Inc., Safeway Canada, UFCW Canada

Safeway, Sobeys and UFCW Canada: STOP Supporting Sexual Harassment

On the evening of Friday, October 13th, 2017, I was sexually harassed by a Safeway Canada employee at the Kensington Square location in Burnaby, British Columbia. The employee, Josh, found it acceptable to approach me, stop me from continuing my grocery shopping, and tell me what he called were "inappropriate dad jokes." However, the jokes were more than just inappropriate. They were downright vulgar. The "jokes" referenced sex, sexual acts, as well as male and female genitalia. Bothered by the employee's obviously inappropriate conduct, I filed a complaint with Safeway. I initially received an e-mail response from Gary Davies, HR manager for Sobeys Inc. who asked that I provide video/audio proof of my encounter with the Safeway employee. The last thing that had crossed my mind was to pull out my camera and record what was happening. I told Mr. Davies that while I understood him wanting proof so that he could do a thorough investigation into the matter, I felt he was being insensitive and taking a victim-blaming approach. A few days later I received an e-mail from Safeway store manager, Rick Macleod, who advised me that they conducted an investigation and were able to substantiate my allegations with the employee in question, and that the employee admitted to his conduct. Mr. Macleod then went on to say that "corrective action" had been taken against the employee, and that they would be sending me a $250 gift card as an apology for what occurred. I then e-mailed Mr. Macleod back asking for clarification on what type of "corrective action" had been taken, but he did not respond. I then contacted Safeway's customer service department requesting clarification, and the following day I received a voice mail message from Ray Mattinson, the District Operator for Safeway. In his message, Mr. Mattinson stated that he would be able to answer all of my questions and put my concerns to rest. However, when I spoke to Mr. Mattinson the following day, he simply stated, "I cannot tell you anything." He also told me that if I felt uncomfortable with the employee, I should "go shop at a different Safeway." I was stunned. I should not have to go out of my way to shop at a different store. Instead, Safeway should be doing everything in their power to make the shopping experience as comfortable as possible for the customer! As of October 23rd, I filed a sexual harassment complaint against Safeway Canada/Sobeys Inc. with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. That complaint was accepted by the BCHRT as of November 2nd, 2017, and I am now in the process of awaiting a settlement meeting. Since my complaint, both Safeway and UFCW Canada have made a series of tweets about violence and harassment against women - which is, in my opinion, their attempt at doing damage control. They have no real remedies or solutions when dealing with sexual harassment and have done absolutely nothing to prevent what happened to me from happening in the future by continuing to employ the individual who committed and admitted to the sexual harassment. It is my hope that creating this petition will not only shed light on sexual harassment even more-so, but bring about change to companies like Safeway and others who find it acceptable to stand by employees who engage in such inappropriate behaviours - even when they admit to such conduct. It is despicable and a disgrace. I also hope that this petition will give others strength to speak out if and when something like this ever happens to them.

Brianne D.
35 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Manitoba Human Rights Commission, The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Premier of Manitoba, Honourable Brian Pallister, Attorney General, Honourable Heather Stefanson, Supreme Court of Canada

Urge the Manitoba Government to END Size & Weight Discrimination NOW #SizeismSUCKS

My name is Lindsey Mazur, Registered Dietitian (RD), ally and advocate to end weight discrimination. As a dietitian, I have heard numerous painful stories of shaming, stigma and discrimination from clients that has impacted their mental and physical health and wellbeing. My work in health care has been dramatically impacted by witnessing the pain and lack of compassion shown to those who live in larger bodies.   October 2016-MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard introduced a Private Member’s Bill, in the Manitoba Legislature to have "physical size and weight" included in the Human Rights Code to prevent discrimination based on body size.  This bill was not accepted. November 23, 2016-MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard reintroduced Bill 200.  November 2, 2017-Bill 200 was REJECTED with a vote in the Manitoba Legislature. I started Manitobans Against Weight Stigma to rally the community to urge the Government of Manitoba to pass this long overdue human rights legislation to END weight discrimination NOW!  How can you help? Add your name to this petition and share it Email your area MLA to let them know your support of Bill 200 to include ‘physical size and weight’ in the Manitoba Human Rights Code Connect with Manitobans Against Weight Stigma on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MBWeightStigma, using #SizeismSUCKS Share your story with me by emailing I have received permission to share a couple of stories from local women who have experienced size, weight and appearance-based discrimination: Jacquie is a fitness instructor in Winnipeg who was told that no one would want to train with her because of the size of her body and a project was assigned to a thinner and younger trainer despite Jacquie’s level of fitness ability and superior professional qualifications to do the job. Another Winnipeg woman applied for a promotion within her organization, and was denied; she was told that the woman who was offered the job was not more qualified than her but rather, more attractive.   Did you know… Studies have shown that over half (54%) of People of Size report having been discriminated against in the workplace.* More than 2/3 (69%) People of Size report having been discriminated by doctors.* In a study of adolescents in schools, 92% reported that they witnessed larger bodied students being teased about their weight.* *(Source: Yale Rudd Center, 2012) Want to learn more? Check out these news stories: Manitoba Liberals want to have weight discrimination in human rights code 'This is a human rights issue': Local dietitian creates campaign against weight stigma

Lindsey Mazur
837 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Nanaimo City Council

Call to Action to hold Nanaimo Council accountable for violence against Indigenous woman

A Call to Action for City of Nanaimo Council to address the violence against an Indigenous woman in the workplace - Nanaimo - Tracy Samra, an Indigenous woman and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Nanaimo, has been dealing with unconscionable workplace violence enacted by some Nanaimo political leadership in her work. This hostility towards Ms. Samra, who is a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation, reflects the broader legacies of racism and sexism that shape Canada’s long history of colonization. As covered in recent media reports, Samra endured a physical assault in her place of work, and is subject to repeated efforts to destroy her reputation as she carries out her duties as the city of Nanaimo's Chief Administrative Officer. No public apology has been issued regarding this attack. Further, as reported in recent media coverage, a third-party investigation into workplace matters found that Mayor McKay, Councillor Brennan and former Councillor Pratt created a hostile workplace for Ms. Samra at Nanaimo City Council. (See: It is unconscionable for Indigenous women to endure ongoing violence in the workplace, let alone to be subject to physical assaults while carrying out their work for the citizens of Nanaimo. In this time of national reconciliation, we expect municipal governments to treat all Indigenous peoples with respect and dignity. This includes Indigenous employees carrying out the work of municipal entities. Action needs to be taken now. It is time for Council to act upon the legacy of violence against Indigenous women in Canada, and to acknowledge the violence Ms. Samra has endured in her duties as Nanaimo's CAO. It is time for an official apology to be issued by municipal leadership for the violence against Ms. Samra, and it is time for Mayor McKay to resign. Voice your concerns regarding treatment of Ms. Samra by civic leaders by sending correspondence to: mayor&

Zoe Todd
7,733 supporters