Langley lawyer faces sexual harassment charge at bar – Aldergrove Star

A prominent Langley lawyer and former president of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce has been charged with sexual harassment and faces a disciplinary hearing from the Law Society of BC.

A bar complaint citation involving Scott Johnston was first issued in November last year and amended on March 28 this year.

This includes alleged conduct from Spring 2019 to October 2020, including sexual harassment by allegedly making comments or gestures of a sexual nature, making unwelcome sexual advances, and touching an employee without her consent.

None of the allegations have been proven before a disciplinary hearing panel, the law society’s citation page notes.

The Langley Advance Times contacted CBM Lawyers, the firm where Johnston works. Partner Douglas Simpson provided the following statement:

“CBM Lawyers LLP is committed to providing a respectful workplace free from bullying and harassment. We are aware of a complaint from a former employee alleging harassment. This complaint was investigated by WorkSafeBC, which determined that the law firm had complied with WorkSafeBC’s bullying and harassment policies. Additionally, an independent review by a prominent Queen’s Counsel and former Crown Attorney found no evidence of a breach of firm policy, provincial statute or common law.

Johnston was president of the local chamber of commerce from 2015 to 2017. In 2019, he was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

No hearing has yet been scheduled on the matter, according to the Law Society’s citation list.

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