Following Lisa LaFlamme's sudden departure from "CTV News" earlier this week, another past employee is speaking out about alleged mistreatment and gender discrimination.
On Saturday morning, past "etalk" co-host Danielle Graham tweeted a timeline of her experience being terminated from Bell Media.
"I haven't yet spoken publicly about my dismissal from Bell Media. But in light of recent news, there have been a lot of questions surrounding my departure," Graham wrote in a slide posted on her Twitter account before 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 20.
Graham continued to detail her experience at work in the first two weeks of March, before she was eventually let go by the media company.
The story of my departure from BellMedia pic.twitter.com/hEMS5CcHMp
— Danielle Graham (@DanielleGraham) August 20, 2022
"March 1: I brought to management's attention a situation where it was clear I was being discriminated against as a woman. I was ignored and laughed at," she began. "March 4: I forwarded this example of the blatant gender discrimination I was facing to HR. March 7: HR told me to file a formal complaint and that an investigation would commence. March 8: A meeting to discuss these issues was set for March 11."
However, things quickly took a turn for the worse, according to Graham.
"Instead, on March 11, I was re-scheduled to be in the office for a 'shoot,'" she wrote. "As I was getting ready in my office, I was suddenly told by management, 'Your services are no longer required.' I was told it was a 'business decision.'"
In a second slide, Graham went on to explain more of her experience with being let go so suddenly.
"I was not allowed to say goodbye on-air or to contribute to the messaging surrounding my departure, despite several requests from my representative to do so," she penned. "I was given three months severance for my 17 years there.
"I'm proud to stand in solidarity and fight alongside all women who have been mistreated, discriminated against and who have been retaliated against for speaking up."
I was terminated days after going to my manager and HR about the blatant gender discrimination I was facing. That’s how this organization ‘handles’ these ‘matters’. https://t.co/K9wACZ5G6q
— Danielle Graham (@DanielleGraham) August 19, 2022
Several people on social media expressed their support for Graham, with some calling out Bell Media for how it treats its employees.
Sad but true. Hope that things work out & you can start yourself a new chapter. pic.twitter.com/pF0s4Wezi4
— Uncle Freddie (@UncleFreddie44) August 20, 2022
I was trying to understand why the Lisa LaFlamme situation enraged me so much. I think it is that despite all the gains women think we have made in the workplace over the years these things continue to occur in all kinds of workplaces. It just has to stop!
— Marilyn Gaudet (@marilyn_gaudet) August 20, 2022
Thank you for speaking out Danielle. Even though it’s hard, this is how change will happen.
So often we’re constantly dismissed & discriminated against, & when or if we speak up, it’s worse again.
They gaslight you, laugh at you, BLAME you, etc. … (1/2)….
— hayley💋✨ (@hayleyyogradyy) August 20, 2022
You then it’s you who is out of the job? Unreal. I agree we wouldn’t want to be working there anyways, but, when they all do this, where can we even exist? 😂 Not just @BellMediaPR but everything and everyone needs to DO AND BE better. (2/2)
— hayley💋✨ (@hayleyyogradyy) August 20, 2022
Truth is ever powerful. 🙏 Danielle Graham for your courage and for standing in solidarity with those who have faced adversity for speaking words of truth. 🙏. I support all who demonstrate similar courage. I think it’s about to get very loud @BellMediaPR
— Karrie Phair (@PhairKarren) August 20, 2022
For a network who prides itself with ‘Bell Let’s Talk’, it sure doesn’t mind mentally abusing female employees!! Obviously they don’t practice what they preach….how disappointing! How difficult to ever donate to them again!
You go Danielle!
— Indy White (@Indywhite) August 20, 2022
I hope more ex-Bell employees come forward to share their stories of discrimination who might have previously been too afraid to do so or who had, but were ignored. Here comes the consequences, consequences, consequences…
— LLN-H (@The4Orr) August 20, 2022
Before announcing her departure from Bell Media earlier in March in another tweet, Graham had spent 17 years with the Canadian media giant.
On Aug. 15, long-time "CTV News" lead anchor Lisa LaFlamme voiced her own experience with Bell Media when she was informed on June 29 that her contract would be ending. After spending 35 years working for the company, LaFlamme explained how she felt "blindsided" in a video posted to her Twitter account.
That same day, Bell Media issued a statement explaining its decision to replace LaFlamme with 39-year-old Vancouver-born journalist, Omar Sachedina.
Amid the controversy, Brent Jolly, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists told the Toronto Star that it was “a stolen moment” in which both a decorated woman and an accomplished man of colour have been robbed of significant benchmarks in their careers.
On Friday, Bell Media followed up with its decision in another statement on Twitter. Signed by the company's president, Wade Oosterman, and vice president, Karine Moses, the letter explains that "CTV regrets" how it communicated the news of LaFlamme's departure.