Officer accuses Windsor police of gender bias, files human rights case

Staff Sgt. Christine Bissonnette has named the Windsor Police Services Board, Chief Al Frederick, along with current and former senior officers Rick Derus, Vince Power and Rick Facciolo in her 39-page human rights complaint alleging gender bias at the force.

Tribunal expected to run until 4 p.m.

Members of the Windsor Police Service have been called before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. (Google Maps)

A female Windsor police officer is accusing the force of passing over her for several promotions because of gender.

Staff Sgt. Christine Bissonnette named the Windsor Police Services Board, Chief Al Frederick, along with current and former senior officers Rick Derus, Vince Power and Rick Facciolo in her 39-page human rights complaint.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario hearing began at City Hall Friday at 10 a.m. is expected to run until 4 p.m.

Bissonnette alleges promotions were based more on popularity than performance, that she wasn't given the same training opportunities as male colleagues and that she had interactions with male officers that were "nothing short of harassment." 

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In a statement, Windsor Police Service says it takes these allegations very seriously and respects the rights of the complainant and the hearing process. 

"The Windsor Police Service denies these allegations and intends to vigorously defend the integrity and impartiality of the promotional process and those responsible for administering the process," reads the statement.

The statement says the police service stands by those who have achieved a promotion, including the complainant. 

"The Windsor Police Service strives to provide a promotional system that ensures fairness and equal opportunity to all candidates."