White Rock councillor takes legal action against city following bullying allegations

Excerpt from article in the Vancouver Sun here: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/white-rock-councillor-takes-legal-action-against-city-following-bullying-allegations

A White Rock councillor is taking legal action against the city for measures it took following what she says were false allegations that she bullied and harassed city staff.

Coun. Erika Johanson, who was elected to council in 2018, claims that the dispute arose from inquiries about budgeting matters she was making last year with the city’s then-director of finance.

She says that in response to those inquiries, in June 2021 she received an email from Guillermo Ferrero, the city’s chief administrative officer, reprimanding her for alleged bullying and harassment of city staff, and threatening to impose a penalty on her if the alleged conduct continued.

On July 7, 2021, in response to an email sent by Johanson on the same date, Ferrero, the most senior staff member in the city, sent an email concluding that she had engaged in bullying and harassment, says Johanson’s petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

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Johanson, who denies the allegations and says no formal complaints have been filed against her, says that she was told that she would no longer be allowed to communicate with city staff while at the same time other members of council were allowed to continue to communicate directly with city staff.

“My reputation has been ruined within council,” Johanson said Monday. “I am unable to do my job.”

Read the full article here: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/white-rock-councillor-takes-legal-action-against-city-following-bullying-allegations

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