STM investigates language complaint

Posted By: Kelly Lapare · 10/30/2012 9:09:00 PM

The city's transit authority says it's taking a complaint of harassment against one of its ticket agents seriously.

It's launched an internal investigation after a metro user claims she was attacked for speaking English.

STM vice chair Marvin Rotrand says they can't confirm whether language sparked the assault and admits they have yet to speak to the employee involved since she remains in hospital. It's not clear if the hospitalization is due to the incident yesterday at the de la Savane metro station.

The victim, Mina Barak, says she was punched and put in a headlock after she complained, in English, about a malfunctioning ticket machine. She says she went to hospital complaining of a bad headache.

A witness to the attack tells CJAD news the incident was violent and horrifying.

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