Former CP24 personality files human rights complaint against Bell Media

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Former CP24 personality files human rights complaint against Bell Media
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Publishing date:Oct 08, 2022 • 20 hours ago • 1 minute read • 77 Comments
Patricia Jaggernauth resigned from her job at CP24 and one day later filed a human rights complaint against Bell Media on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.
Patricia Jaggernauth resigned from her job at CP24 and one day later filed a human rights complaint against Bell Media on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. PHOTO BY @PATRICIA_J /Twitter
Toronto television personality Patricia Jaggernauth has filed a human rights complaint against Bell Media.


After 11 years with the company, the weather specialist on CP24 filed the complaint on Wednesday — one day after handing in her resignation.


She claims she was being passed over for promotions and raises in a work environment that was racist and sexist.

Jaggernauth, a freelancer who is Guyanese and Jamaican, claims white colleagues were allowed to advance in the company while she wasn’t — a situation that was detrimental to her health.

She says at times she had to go weeks without time off to cover for colleagues.

“I almost died doing what I loved because a freelancer can’t say no,” Jaggernauth told the CBC in an exclusive interview. “Every hour is bread, every hour is rent, every hour is that tank of gas.”

Jaggernauth claims Bell has “a systemic pattern” of racism, sexism and discrimination, and in her case she was “treated as a token and a commodity.”



Bell Media released a statement.

“We do not comment on matters involving current or former staff members but can confirm that Bell Media takes allegations of any potential discrimination very seriously and are committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful work environment where employees can thrive,” the company says.

“If a matter is brought to our attention where an employee did not feel adequately supported a process is triggered to review and address when required.”

Jaggernauth’s complaint comes months after Lisa LaFlamme, the veteran anchor of CTV National News, was let go by Bell Media.

After being fired LaFlamme, posted a video saying she was blindsided, shocked and saddened.

There was speculation LaFlamme was let go because she let her hair go grey.

Bell Media put out a statement that the company was going in a new direction with the anchor position.

Omar Sachedina, a man of colour, replaced LaFlamme.
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Learn something new everyday. First, what the Hell is CP24? CP24 - Toronto's Breaking News for the GTA, Watch live video, CP24 Breakfast, Sports, Traffic times, Weather and more. OK.

Then who on Earth is Patricia Jaggernauth? She is a Weather Specialist and Remote Reporter for Toronto’s Breaking News, CP24.
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Have I heard of CP24 or this person before this morning? Nope.

In the complaint, Jaggernauth alleges Bell Media only offers her two days of paid employment per week, and she therefore earned most of her income doing freelance work. Her complaint alleges the company enforced a term this past summer that she could not perform any paid activities outside of the company without management’s approval.

OK, if you’re only gonna offer somebody two pay days of work/week, how on earth can you justify having veto rights of the other 70-ish% of her time to earn a living? The tokenism and passed over for promotions, etc…I don’t have an option on at this point in time as I just don’t know enough about this one….
 
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How does a freelancer get passed up for promotion?
She’s a paid employee 2 days a week (from what I understand so far) & a freelancer elsewhere 5 days a week to earn the majority or her income, & did this for 11 years. I’m not stating an opinion here but simply regurgitating what I’d read earlier.

(I think part of her issue is that, after 11 years, she’s still only a 2 day/week employee & not a full time employee.)
 

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Former CP24 personality expands on human rights complaint
Author of the article:postmedia News
Publishing date:Oct 10, 2022 • 8 hours ago • 2 minute read • 36 Comments

Toronto television personality Patricia Jaggernauth says in her more than 11 years with Bell Media, she “only received a raise of about $14.”


The weather specialist on CP24 filed a human rights complaint against Bell Media last Wednesday — one day after handing in her resignation.


Claiming she was being passed over for promotions and raises in a work environment that was racist and sexist, Jaggernauth on Thanksgiving Monday expanded on her story during a tear-filled, tell-all of sorts posted on her social media channels.

“As a longtime, Emmy Award-winning TV personality, I have been treated like a token and a commodity by CP24 and Bell. Passed over for promotions more times than I can count. I was just a filler for Bell,” she said during the first of two segments posted to her Twitter account. “I received hardly any raises, and no promotions or opportunities over my 11 years.”



Jaggernauth, who is Guyanese and Jamaican, claims white colleagues were allowed to advance in the company while she wasn’t — a situation that was detrimental to her health.

“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” she said. “On the inside, I had been really hurting. Why? Because of the way Bell had been treating me. I gave my everything to the company. Literally my blood, my sweat and my tears. We all deserve better.”

Jaggernauth claims Bell has “a systemic pattern” of racism, sexism and discrimination.”

Bell Media issued a statement Monday night, saying the company takes allegations of discrimination very seriously.

“We do not comment on matters involving current or former staff members, but can confirm that Bell Media takes allegations of any potential discrimination very seriously, and are committed to a safe, inclusive, and respectful work environment where employees can thrive,” said the statement. “If a matter is brought to our attention where an employee did not feel adequately supported, a process is triggered to review and address when required.”


Jaggernauth said she applied for countless positions over the years and was always turned down despite being fully qualified.

“Good enough to fill in, but never good enough to invest in,” she said, adding “I’m heartbroken to walk away from all of this. In the end, I was given no choice because there was a glass ceiling over my head.”

Jaggernauth’s complaint comes months after Lisa LaFlamme, the veteran anchor of CTV National News, was let go by Bell Media.

After being fired, LaFlamme posted a video saying she was blindsided, shocked and saddened.

There was speculation LaFlamme was let go because she let her hair go grey.

Bell Media put out a statement that the company was going in a new direction with the anchor position.

Omar Sachedina, a man of colour, replaced LaFlamme.
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