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The Needle Tavern closes, citing threats in the wake of harassment allegations

In a Facebook post, management apologized and said they have 'zero tolerance' for disrespectful behaviour.

Brittany Rudyck says she quit her job at The Needle Vinyl Tavern because ownership refused to deal with allegations that it was an unsafe work environment for women.

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Brittany Rudyck says she quit her job at The Needle Vinyl Tavern because ownership refused to deal with allegations that it was an unsafe work environment for women.

The Needle Vinyl Tavern has announced they will close 'until further notice' following sexual harassment allegations from a former staff member.

A message posted to their Facebook page Tuesday evening says that "[d]ue to threats made to multiple staff, we do not feel we can safely operate the venue at the present time."

Metro's calls to the Needle were not returned, and it's not clear what threats were made.

On Monday, Brittany Rudyck claimed that, back in March, one of the owners of the nightclub and bar came in “blackout drunk” during a function and groped her. She quit her job on Friday after owners allegedly refused to address concerns over a recent hire of a man Rudyck alleged has a history of harassing women.

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The Needle responded with a Facebook statement on Monday that said they had “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment or any behaviour that impacts the positive environment of their establishment.  

On Tuesday, the Needle added an apology on Facebook specifically for the incident in which Rudyck says she was groped.

“We do not stand for or tolerate any kind of sexual harassment and will do everything in our power to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” the establishment posted.

The Needle says they’ve removed the person accused of the behaviour from any active role at the club and are reviewing the incident and their internal human resource policies.

Furthermore, they say they have engaged the services of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton and the YWCA to review their human resource policies. They say they are “committed to taking appropriate measures to respond” after reviewing the alleged incident.

“We have reached out to the former staff member and apologized for what has happened. We are sorry for the hurt we have caused her and our hope is that we can learn from this incident, regain the trust of customers and continue to provide the music services that we are known for.”

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