Sexual assault at a south shore seniors' residence?

Union says staff members are planning to resign en masse


A seniors' residence on the south shore that's been involved with controversy before now has a couple more issues to deal with.

Last week, police in Longueuil were advised that an 84-year-old resident of the St. Lambert sur le Golf residence had filed a complaint alleging she was sexually touched by a staff member. The worker in question, a 59-year-old man who's worked there since 2010, has been suspended pending an internal investigation.

So far, Longueuil police have not filed any charges in connection with the complaint.

In addition, the CSN union which represents the workers says they're being grossly underpaid, and points to recent arbitrator's decision that sided with the private employer, who is apparently paying them far less than the salary they would get in the public system.

The CSN is also suggesting at least ten of the workers are planning to resign en masse if changes aren't made.

Nathalie Lavoie, the home's director, says there are no serious problems with care at the facility, even if a tiny minority of people are unhappy. She also says there are no mass resignations in the offing.

The St. Lambert sur le Golf CHSLD is part of the Résidences Soleil chain, and was the first long-term care residence in Quebec to have been built by virtue of a public-private partnership.

In February of this year, one of two employees who were facing charges of assaulting six residents at the home pleaded guilty. And last month, A Quebec Superior Court judge ordered the home's owner, Eddy Savoie, to pay nearly $300,000 in damages to the daughter of a resident whom he had tried to sue for defamation, suggesting he had tried to silence her criticism of the home.

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