Rape of Canadian security guard sparks debate over working-alone laws

Nov. 18, 2008
Security firm charged with failing to ensure employee's safety

The 2006 rape of a female security guard in Calgary has reignited the sometimes bitter debate over whether there needs to be better laws to protect employees who work alone at night.

Police caught the 21-year-old man who sexually assaulted the woman at a construction site. He was found guilty in September and sentenced to eight years in prison.

But after waiting two years for the rape case to end, the province recently charged the security firm that had hired the young woman only days before she was attacked.

In what appears to be a first in Alberta, Garda Canada Security Corp. has been charged with failing to ensure their employee's safety under regulations for working alone.

Alberta's largest labour group is renewing its call for a law requiring a minimum of two people on shift at night in high-risk situations.

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