City of Brampton cleared of racism, rigged bidding, workplace bullying allegations

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A series of explosive allegations including racism, rigged bidding, workplace bullying and more levelled against the city of Brampton have been dismissed as unfounded.

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First made last April, the more than two dozen allegations were investigated by a forensic audit team from Deloitte and found wanting.

Gurdeep Kaur, who had worked in the office of the city’s top administrator, claimed the city engaged in several instances of improper hiring practices.

But Deloitte concluded those claims were either not substantiated “or lacked sufficient detail to investigate further.”

The company also dismissed claims of discriminatory behaviour, bullying and harassment, destruction of information and improper compensation of certain employees.

As for contracts, there were six that were reviewed, two of which were found to have minor discrepancies in their handling.

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When the allegations were made last spring, they were also forwarded to the Ontario Ombudsman and Peel Regional Police, both of which have dismissed the complaints after finding no wrongdoing.

“I am glad that our staff have been vindicated,” Mayor Patrick Brown told the Sun on Thursday. “This was an unnecessary distraction from the important work that we have in City of Brampton.”

The audit cost the city $500,000.


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