Complaints against Payette include reports of physical contact: sources

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Complainants who took part in an independent probe into claims of a toxic workplace culture at Rideau Hall claim former governor general Julie Payette’s verbal harassment of staff crossed over into instances of physical contact, CBC News has learned. The claims of physical contact were reported in testimony given to Quintet Consulting during interviews and will be included in the final report, multiple sources said. Several sources with direct knowledge of the final report say Payette’s workplace behaviour went beyond screaming at, belittling and publicly humiliating employees — and included unwelcome physical contact that caused some participants in the review to feel threatened.