But Alex Juani, who works in Mississaugaâ€™s transportation and works department, said he showed officers the same video clip March 30. â€œItâ€™s the only video that I have and itâ€™s only one they have seen,â€ he said, crediting the decision to investigate to the media uproar.
The tape shows two employees facing each other with their legs, hands and bodies taped up.
Though Juani claims the hazing had been going on for about five years, the city is sticking to its claim that it first learned about the allegations â€” that employees in the transportation and works department were tied up with duct tape, spanked until they were bruised and humiliated at the behest of one of their supervisors â€” only in November 2009.
City manager Janice Baker said the cityâ€™s investigation concluded the â€œbehaviour was in the nature of horseplay . . . locker room behaviour.â€ Employees seen in the video were interviewed and did not file complaints, she said. â€œThe discipline was not suspension or firing, it was extensive retraining around appropriate workplace behaviour.â€