Construction council "disgusted" by stripper party at GTA job site

Apr 16 2021, 12:55 pm

Several construction workers have been fired after hiring a stripper to party with them at a home they were building in the Greater Toronto Area.

Photos circulating on Twitter show several men grabbing the woman, watching her dance, and appearing to pour vodka on her at the April 9 gathering. They do not appear to be wearing masks or staying six feet apart.

Daily Hive has chosen not to publish the photos.

The party took place at a Mattamy Homes job site, and the men were employees of subcontractor Nelmar Drywall.

“We hold our trade partners to a high standard and insist that they conduct themselves professionally and ethically. Those standards were not met in this case, and the individuals in question behaved in a grossly inappropriate and reckless fashion,” Mattamy Homes said in a statement.

It added no Mattamy employees were present and the company didn’t know the party was taking place. However, it confirmed Nelmar has terminated all its employees who were involved.

The Residential Construction Council of Ontario said it found the situation “disgusting” because it re-enforces the stereotype that construction is a male-dominated and misogynistic industry.

“This type of activity is shameful, abhorrent, and demeaning to women,” Amina Dibe, manager of government and stakeholder relations at RESCON, said in a statement. “We are trying to attract more women and youth to the industry and an action like this only serves as a deterrent.”

RESCON added the men’s behaviour was an “affront” to the sacrifice Ontarians have been making to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Nelmar did not respond to Daily Hive’s request for comment.

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