Allegations of 'mistreatment, inappropriate conduct' from former employees of B.C. brewery
An Instagram post from Parallel 49 Brewing Company is shown.
VANCOUVER -- A B.C. brewery issued a public apology over the weekend after allegations surfaced on social media of what it calls "mistreatment and inappropriate conduct."
An anonymous Instagram account called "NotOurP49" first started posting allegations from staff members at Parallel 49 Brewing Co. last week.
Those behind the account say it was created for people who worked at the brewery and wished to share their stories anonymously.
In five days, 40 posts have been shared detailing a range of allegations against the brewery and the East Vancouver pub St. Augustine's.
People identifying themselves as employees claim they witnessed "racist and transphobic actions" while working for the company.
Other posts outline allegations of sexism, homophobia and misogyny. Many describe the workplace as "toxic."
The brewery responded to the messages in an apology posted on Instagram Sunday. It did not confirm or address specific accounts, but thanked those behind the post for "bravely" sharing their experiences.
"We are saddened by what we have read and more importantly, saddened by what employees have endured – and for this we sincerely apologize," the brewery wrote.
"As owners, we take full responsibility and will make no excuses. We failed to provide a respectful and inclusive working environment, and this has caused pain. Our ownership group has tried to build our brewery based on the values of respect, teamwork, customer service and product quality – but obviously we have not lived up to these key tenants."
The post, which has been "liked" by several hundred Instagram users, was met with criticism by some.
Some wondered what actions the brewery will be taking, likening the apology to "crocodile tears."
Others – including the account that prompted the apology – said it wasn't enough, but some thanked the brewery for taking responsibility in its post.