A woman who complained about sexism in her office said she was gagged and taped to a chair by her colleagues as retribution.
DeAnn Fitzpatrick, a 49-year-old government worker in Scotland, was pictured strapped to the chair bound by brown tape in a photo obtained by the BBC.
The native Canadian, who has lived Scotland for more than 20 years, said that she had been bullied by her colleagues at the fisheries watchdog for her nationality and for a miscarriage in addition to the alleged assault in 2010.
“This is what you get when you speak out against the boys,” coworker Reid Anderson allegedly said during the chair taping.
Fitzpatrick tried to tell managers about the attack but was not taken seriously and told it was “boys just being boys,” according to letters seen by the BBC.
“This is a horrific story of the harassment and abuse my strong and courageous sister in law DeeAnn has undergone for the past 10 years,” her sister Sherry Fitzpatrick wrote on Facebook, saying that her loved one could not speak to the media.
The sister added that the image had “sickened” and “disgusted” her family.
Fitzpatrick also complained about racist language, women staff being called prostitutes and being told by colleagues that they did not want a foreign woman around.
She has not worked for the agency since November 2016, but also reportedly faces a discipline case for being “overzealous”