Q107 radio host John Derringer ‘on break’ after filing human rights complaint

Toronto radio host John Derringer was absent from Q107’s “Derringer in the Morning” on Tuesday after former colleague Jennifer Valentyne posted a lengthy video on social media over the weekend alleging harassment and discrimination sex at work.

In the nearly thirteen-minute video, Valentyne does not name specific companies or individuals, but details the events in which she says she experienced verbal abuse, gender discrimination and workplace harassment, as well as workplace harassment. compromised physical health. She also said she had already filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

“What would you do if a colleague yelled at you, put you down, insulted you, excluded you, made you cry, then laughed when told to cry all you want? That he didn’t feel sorry for you at all and let you know with total conviction that if you went to HR, they would choose him? Valentyne begins the video saying.

“Would you accept a dream job as a radio host if you knew you would be working with a co-host with accusations of past abusive behavior towards women and you would also be exposed to two, sometimes three men vaping in a closed room for four hours a day without ventilation? Would you complain about it? She keeps.

In a statement sent to CTV News Toronto, Corus Entertainment, the company that owns Q107, confirmed it had received complaints from Valentyne.

“A few years ago, Ms. Valentyne shared some concerns and we took steps to review them at that time. There is also a process underway with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have had high-profile conversations with her, have responded to procedures, and await determination of next steps,” the statement read.

They also said they would launch an external investigation into the alleged incidents and that Derringer in the Morning would be suspended pending the results of the investigation.

“Over the past two days, we have received new information about workplace concerns. We have passed them on to our ethics and conduct team,” the company said.

In Valentyne’s video, she says she was encouraged to remain silent about the alleged abuse and did so, until her physical health was at risk.

“Like so many women, I endured and fell silent,” she said. “But there was one thing I just couldn’t stand: a company that was willing to put my physical health at risk.”

She said she was forced to breathe vaping smoke in tight spaces for thousands of hours, lost her voice twice and was eventually prescribed an inhaler and steroids.

Valentyne said she took her concerns to senior management, but ultimately nothing was done. She said she believed her decision to press charges led to her being fired.

Many former colleagues and colleagues have expressed their support for Valentyne since she made the allegations.

Supriya Dwivedi, former host of Global News’ The Morning Show 640 AM from 2016 to 2020, told CTV News Toronto on Tuesday that she saw Valentyne visibly upset by incidents involving Derringer on multiple occasions.

“It always feels good to see a friend and a former co-worker standing up for themselves,” Dwivedi said over the phone.

She also said employees were “known” to vape at the studio Valentyne worked at.

On Twitter, Dwivedi said that “any complaints from management or other high profile media [people] that they had no idea what was going on is BS.”

“We all knew what Jenn was dealing with in that studio,” she wrote.

Also on Twitter, former John Derringer co-host Maureen Holloway wrote, “Brave and true. I support Jennifer 100%.”

The Derringer in the Morning landing page on q107.com had been offline since Monday.

Valentyne told CTV News Toronto that she would not take legal action against Corus Entertainment.

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