Former CBC director sues broadcaster over wrongful dismissal

Former employee alleges he was harassed, intimidated and bullied before being fired

TORONTO — A former senior director at the CBC has launched a lawsuit against the broadcaster alleging he was harassed by one of his bosses for two years before he was dismissed from the organization.

Christopher (Jim) Kozak alleges that Jean Mongeau, CBC’s general manager and chief revenue officer for media solutions, harassed, intimidated and bullied him from late 2014 until his April 2016 dismissal.

In a statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Kozak says the behaviour involved “speaking in a condescending manner” towards him, “unnecessary pressure tactics around work assignments,” and “unjustly challenging and ‘grilling’ Kozak at one-on-one meetings and deliberately putting him on the defensive.”

None of the allegations have been proven in court and a CBC representative did not immediately respond for comment.

Kozak began working at the CBC in October 2012 as director of sales for the network’s Olympics and sports partnerships. He was later promoted to senior director of marketing.

He is seeking $350,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal, $500,000 in aggravated or moral damages, and $250,000 in punitive damages.

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