In a statement released on 1 December, BFM 89.9 addressed an anonymous email that alleged sexual harassment by two male BFM staff members against fellow female employees
“At this juncture, we are unable to confirm any of the situations described,” BFM 89.9 founder Malek Ali said in the statement on Saturday. The business radio station said it is committed to providing a safe environment in which all members of the community can work without fear and threat of sexual harassment.
“We take all allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct seriously. Internal investigations are initiated whenever an allegation is made. Our practice has been to offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take action when we learn of unacceptable behaviour,” Malek added in the statement.
Malek, however, said that BFM is taking an added precaution. He said that his organisation is reviewing its reporting mechanism to ensure continued access to safe channels for such matters to be reported and addressed immediately.
“And we continue to look for ways to improve our work place to support and protect any member who comes forward with information or allegations about misconduct,” the business radio station’s founder added in his statement.
The anonymous email, from a person claiming to be a female employee at BFM, surfaced over the week, alleging cover-ups by the top management regarding sexual harassment at the station. In the anonymous email, the person claimed that during an after-work party at the office, “one woman was raped at the staircase while others were partying.”