The Qulliq Energy Corporation, the electricity supplier in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, is facing allegations of mismanagement, distrust and discrimination against Inuit beneficiaries.
The accusations are part of a civil lawsuit filed against the power utility by a former employee, Sarah Kucera.
Kucera started working for the corporation in Iqaluit in 2009. For 14 months, she was an executive assistant to the president and Chief Executive Officer.
Her employment was terminated in August of 2010.
In an earlier interview with CBC News, Kucera described her work environment as poisoned. She says there was culture of conflict, division and secrecy.
Kucera’s statement of claim alleges this culture was created and encouraged by QEC’s president Peter Mackey and the director of human resources Catherine Cronin.
Kucera alleges there was mismanagement, breach of contract and constructive dismissal.
She also says human resource policies weren’t being followed and she was disgusted by the way some senior employees regarded Inuit staff.
The power utility denies all of the allegations.
Both Kucera and representatives from the corporation will appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice later Monday morning.