Top Stella’s executives placed on leave after accusations of toxic workplace culture

Two top staffers at a prominent restaurant chain in Winnipeg have been put on an “indefinite leave of absence” in the wake of numerous accusations of labour and human rights violations.Stella’s regional manager Brad Burrows and Stella’s CEO Grant Anderson have both stepped down from their position, confirmed in a letter posted for employees and sent to media Monday.Story continues below

“Grant Anderson and Brad Burrows will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from Stella’s, to allow for an independent and full-confidential process of investigation to unfold. Their leaves of absence take effect today,” the letter reads.READ MORE: ‘Not my Stella’s’: Former employees speak out about harassment allegationsThe leaves come after a flurry of online accusations through an Instagram account, called @notmystellas. As of Monday afternoon, the account had 222 posts alleging the chain ignored harassment, sexual harassment, labour laws and contributed to unsafe working conditions.Christina Hajjar, Kelsey Wade, and Amanda Murdock are all former employees and said they are just some of the many former and current Stella’s workers who have voiced concerns about their time working at the restaurant.“It’s safe to say the whole experience was terrifying,” Murdock said. “These statements we’ve made are based on what we’ve experienced. They’re valid, important, and should be respected.”Hajjar said in an Instagram post that she was fired for questioning authority one year ago. It was her post commenting on her anniversary which sparked the Instagram account.WATCH: Former Stella’s employee says he was fired after making a complaint