Ottawa police deputy chief won't be suspended amid sexual harassment complaint

Deputy Chief Uday Jaswal will not be suspended by the Ottawa police board.

However, Jaswal will be investigated by a civilian police watchdog for allegations contained in a human rights complaint claiming he discriminated against a female civilian employee on the basis of sexual harassment.

The complaint alleges he made repeated unwanted advances toward a civilian employee at the service. The complaint, filed by the employee, also alleges that he touched her without her consent and that when his sexual advances were spurned Jaswal interfered in her attempts to be hired as a police officer.

Jaswal, through his lawyer, has denied the allegations.

The board met for hours on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the complaint and any next steps it should take. Prior to the meeting, several officers expressed concern to this newspaper alleging that the decision to suspend Jaswal had already been made and without all members of the board having viewed a letter from his lawyer that was sent to the board Monday.

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