A popular Toronto radio host is ‘on hiatus’ after a former colleague files a human rights complaint in Ontario.
John Derringer, the host of the morning show on Q107 in Toronto, had his show’s page removed from the station’s website after a video was posted by a former colleague over the weekend.
Jennifer Valentyne, a former employee of the station, which is owned by Corus Entertainment, released a nearly 13-minute video last weekend about her time on the station and in the media industry, alleging harassment and discrimination against her. based on gender.
In the video, Valentyne does not directly mention the station or the company she worked for.
She says she started talking about being forced to work in a locked room where coworkers were vaping for thousands of hours. She claims that she lost her voice several times and that her doctor eventually prescribed an inhaler and steroids for her.
Valentyne says her complaints to management were essentially dismissed and her alleged abuser would respect her more if she handled things herself.
“Like so many women, I’ve kept my mouth shut,” Valentyne says. “But there was one thing I just couldn’t stand: a company willing to risk my physical health.”
In a statement, Q107 said: “A few years ago, Ms. Valentyne shared certain concerns and we took action to review it. A lawsuit is also underway with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have had mediated discussions with her, have responded on the procedure and we are waiting for the determination of the next steps. We take these matters seriously and look forward to a solution.”
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Q107’s statement goes on to say, “Over the past two days, we have received new information about workplace concerns. We forwarded it to our Ethics and Conduct team and hired Rachel Turnpenney of Turnpenney Milne LLP to conduct a External Investigation Effective immediately, the Derringer in the Morning show will be discontinued pending the conclusion of the investigation.
“All concerns related to the employee experience are of the utmost importance to us and we are committed to listening, learning and taking appropriate action. Out of respect for the confidentiality and privacy of those involved and the formal processes underway, we will not comment on specific details.”
Support is pouring in for Valentine
Members of the media from Canada and the US have taken to social media to support Valentyne.
This is both shocking and all too familiar. I’m sorry to hear about your experience. Thanks for speaking 💐
— Catherine Jette (@CatherineJette) May 22, 2022
I bet there isn’t a single woman on the show who isn’t shocked by how much of Jenn’s experiences resemble theirs. It’s all too widespread and predictable, and shouldn’t be “as it is”. Thanks, Jenn, for speaking up. We are all you.
— Tara Slone (@TaraSlone) May 22, 2022
Raina Douris, a radio host in the US, says on Twitter that she was an intern at Q107 and also claims to have had a bad experience with Derringer.
I remember it was INCREDIBLY confusing and humiliating. I was utterly powerless and this man who was arguably at the top of the food chain tried to torpedo me for completely trivial, weird reasons.
— Raina Douris (@RahRahRaina) May 23, 2022