"So for you to say ' I was kidding,' or it's part of our culture, or 'it's not something I meant,' isn't actually a reasonable defence for harassment."He said casual harassment, without fear of consequences, can often be the most damaging.King believes the fact that some employees felt they had no other choice but to report through the media, is telling — when coupled with the high percentage of reporting rates on the anonymous employee survey."To me that's really indicative of a culture of fear, a culture where people don't feel they are protected from retaliation," he said."One of the things about harassment that's often misunderstood is that it's not about the intention.It's about the impact that it would have on a reasonable person," he said.Alberta MLA Maria Fitzpatrick pointed out those results during an interview with CBC, when she denounced sexually explicit phone conversations alleged to have occurred between male guards at the Edmonton prison.The men were originally suspended with pay, sources say, while the women who were targeted in these conversations were allegedly not told about them for several weeks after they were discovered.
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The survey was conducted in 2014 and released in 2015. 31, 2016, 407 staff work at Edmonton Institution, 142 of which are women.