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Queen's University

Human Rights Office

Sexual Violence in the Workplace: the Death of Lori Dupont

On November 25, 2005, Dr. Marc Daniel stabbed nurse Lori Dupont to death in the hospital where they both worked before injecting himself with a lethal dose of drugs.

An expert witness at the 2007 Coroner's inquest into their deaths testified that Dr. Daniel, who had been harassing Ms Dupont at work,  exhibited three warning signs of lethal violence: clinical depression, attempted suicide and recent separation from his domestic partner (Ms Dupont) .

The jurors of the inquest heard the tragic story of Dr. Daniel and Ms. Dupont, sifted through a matrix of issues that prevented the hospital from taking disciplinary action against Dr. Daniel and provided a series of recommendations, many of which will have direct or indirect impact on universities. For example, two of the recommendations (#8, 9 and 26)target faculties of medicine. Others (6, 7, 10) affect laws that affect universities; for example the Health and Safety Act is presently being revamped to include sexual harassment as a workplace safety issue that can be investigated by the Ministry of Labour.

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