Reports released on sexual harassment, assault probe at Richmond casino

B.C.’s Attorney General has released two reports linked to allegations of sexual harassment and assault on River Rock Casino staff by customers.

The first report, released Wednesday morning by David Eby, is a workplace review by BCLC, via Paladin Security.

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It probed harassment allegations made by casino staff in 2017, and subsequent actions taken by BCLC and casino owners, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.

According to Eby, the Paladin Security report confirmed casino staff reported incidents of alleged assault by customers.

And, as soon as BCLC became aware of potential non-reporting by Great Canadian, it reported the incidents to the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, as required under the Gaming Control Act.

The second report is the branch's regulatory investigation into whether the casino owners reported incidents to the branch, as required under the act.

This report, says the government, found that “all incidents that were required to be reported to police had been reported, and there was no evidence the casino's management or employees had suppressed reports,” according to a news release.

However, the investigation also determined that a small number of incidents were not reported to the branch.

The branch investigated these unreported incidents and made eight recommendations, aimed at “protecting casino staff from potential harassment and strengthening internal procedures.”

These recommendations include:

* ensuring service providers are aware of reportable offences;

* clarifying reporting requirements;

* additional training for frontline staff; and

* instituting player codes of conduct at all service-provider locations.

The branch is “working with BCLC and service providers to address these recommendations.”

More to come on this story later.

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