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Canucks deny discrimination claim of ex-employee

Field Level Media
29 Nov 2022, 01:40 GMT+10

A discrimination complaint against the Vancouver Canucks was filed by Rachel Doerrie, a former analytics department specialist who alleges assistant general manager Emilie Castonguay chastised her mental health.

Doerrie shared the legal complaint, filed Nov. 22, via social media.

Doerrie's legal counsel, Peter A. Gall, said in the complaint she was "'subject to compound discrimination, as a result of the combined disadvantaging effect of a number of prohibited grounds', in this case, her sex and physical and mental disabilities."

Castonguay released a statement denying the allegations.

"I take a lot of pride in my work with the Vancouver Canucks, being a good leader, a person of high moral character, and always respecting and putting my co-workers first. These allegations by Ms. Doerrie are absolutely not true and her allegations of what I said to her are false and inaccurate. At no time was Ms. Doerrie treated differently due to gender, a mental disability, or a physical condition. As this is a legal matter, I will not make any further comments and will respect the process."

Doerrie was hired in January 2022 and promoted in the offseason to a position working with the coaching staff.

In the complaint, Doerrie said she informed team officials during the interview process of her diagnosis of post-traumatic stress. She said in 2018 she was diagnosed and suffers from anxiety and panic attacks along with depression connected to physical issues.

Doerrie shared via Instagram an account of her promotion from Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau, who told reporters at a charity golf event on Sept. 19 she would be promoted and work with coaches.

The social media post brought a call from Castonguay, Doerrie said, because of concerns she shared the article and was speaking with the media.

Doerrie refuted the allegation that she had any direct dialogue with media and "politely reacted" when a reporter sent her an account of Boudreau's full comments via text message.

--Field Level Media

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