City mum on report into alleged harassment by St. John's councillor

City mum on report into alleged harassment by St. John's councillor

The City of St. John's has received a report on alleged sexual harassment by a councillor but it's not sharing the findings with the public.

In a news release Thursday, the city confirmed receipt of the final report, but said it cannot share the results of a workplace investigation because of the province's privacy laws.

While the city has not named the councillor, CBC News confirmed in October that it is Wally Collins, who represents Ward 5.

Mayor Dennis O'Keefe said at the time the complaint involved allegations of "serious" sexual harassment.

The single incident is alleged to have happened in 2015, and involved an employee who no longer works with the city.

Lawyer Gerlinde Van Driel was appointed to investigate, and her report will now be sent to both Collins and the complainant. They will have a chance to respond before any decision is made about further action.

Collins has said he is seeking legal advice.