Ottawa firm hired to review workplace complaints at Rideau Hall

Julie Payette

An Ottawa-based consulting firm with a history of reviewing allegations of workplace harassment on Parliament Hill is being tasked to do so again at Rideau Hall.
     
The Privy Council Office says it has hired Quintet Consulting Corp. to conduct a third-party investigation into allegations of a toxic work environment at the office of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette.
     
Quintet has a standing offer with the federal government to investigate complaints of workplace harassment.
     
The company was once called in seven years ago to probe issues within the RCMP protective unit for then-prime minister Stephen Harper and more recently investigated problems with former senator Don Meredith.
     
An online notice says Quintet is to interview current and former employees in the office of the Governor General so they can share their experiences.
     
Payette will also get a meeting with the consultants as they try to determine precisely what behaviours create concerns of a toxic workplace, and who was involved.