Valentyne Derringer

Radio Toronto personality ‘on hiatus’ after rights complaint by former host

Toronto radio host John Derringer missed Derringer in the Morning Q107 on Tuesday after former co-star Jennifer Valentine posted a lengthy video on social media over the weekend alleging workplace harassment and discrimination.

In the nearly 13-minute-long video, Valentyne does not mention specific companies or individuals, but details events in which she said she was the victim of verbal abuse, gender discrimination and workplace harassment, along with endangering her physical health. She also said that she previously filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

“What would you do if a co-worker yelled at you, belittled you, called you names, shut you up, brought you to tears, and then laughed when he told you to cry all you wanted? He didn’t feel sorry for you a little, and told you with complete conviction that if you went to HR department, would they pick it up?” Valentine begins the video by saying.

“Would you get your dream job working as a host if you knew you were going to be working with a co-host with accusations of past abusive behavior towards women and that you would also be exposed to two, sometimes three men smoking e-cigarettes in a closed room for four hours a day without ventilation? Complain about that?” “She continues.

In a statement sent to CTV News Toronto, Corus Entertainment, the company that owns Q107, confirmed that it had received complaints from Valentine.

“A few years ago, Ms. Valentine shared some concerns and we took action to review them at that time. There is also a process underway with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. We have mediated conversations with her, have responded to the proceedings, and are awaiting the identification of next steps,” the statement said.

They also said they would launch an external investigation into the alleged incidents, and Derringer in the Morning would be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Over the past two days we have received new information about workplace concerns. We have referred them to our Ethics and Conduct team,” the company said.

In Valentine’s video, she said she was encouraged to remain silent about the alleged abuse, and that she did so, until her physical health was at risk.

“Like a lot of women,” she said, “I have endured and been silent.” “But there was one thing I couldn’t stand: a company that was willing to put my physical health at risk.”

She said she was forced to inhale e-cigarette smoke in close quarters for thousands of hours, lost her voice twice, and was eventually prescribed an inhaler and steroids.

Valentine said she brought her concerns to upper management, but nothing was done in the end. She said she believed her decision to complain led to her dismissal.

Several former colleagues and co-workers have expressed support for Valentine since she made the allegations.

Supriya Dwivedi, former host of Global News’ The Morning Show 640 AM from 2016 to 2020, told CTV News Toronto Tuesday that she has seen Valentine visibly upset by incidents involving Deringer on multiple occasions.

“It’s always good to see an ex-boyfriend and colleague fend for themselves,” Dwivedi said when contacted by phone.

She also said it was “known” that employees smoked e-cigarettes in the studio where Valentine works.

On Twitter, Dwivedi said, “Any allegations from management or from other big media [people] They have no idea that’s what’s going on they BS. “

“We all knew what Jen was dealing with in this studio,” she wrote.

Maureen Holloway, former co-host of John Deringer, also wrote on Twitter, “This is brave and true. I support Jennifer 100 percent.”

Derringer on the morning landing page on q107.com was offline as of Monday.

Valentine told CTV News Toronto that she will not take any legal action against Corus Entertainment.



2022-05-25 00:41:00

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