If it did happen, it would have been office banter

The BBC followed up on that bound and gagged worker story.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told MSPs she is “absolutely horrified” by a photo of a woman allegedly taped to a chair and gagged by male colleagues.

Ms Sturgeon said she had asked a top civil servant to conduct a full review into the circumstances and report to her personally as soon as possible.

The BBC obtained the photo of DeeAnn Fitzpatrick being restrained.

She claims it took place amid years of bullying and harassment at Marine Scotland’s Scrabster office.

Ms Fitzpatrick, a Canadian national, said the incident happened in 2010 as a result of her blowing the whistle on a threatening and misogynistic culture at the Scottish government department’s base on the far north Caithness coast.

A woman blows the whistle on a threatening and misogynistic culture in her workplace so the dudes in her workplace tie her up and tape her mouth shut.

Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant, who has been supporting 49-year-old Ms Fitzpatrick, asked Ms Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions whether she would now intervene in the case.

The first minister said she was limited in what she could say because of an ongoing tribunal and internal investigation.

However, she said: “I can tell the chamber I have this morning asked the permanent secretary of the Scottish government to conduct a full review of the circumstances of this case, a review of the actions already taken and a review of the actions proposed to be taken and to report to me personally on her conclusions as soon as possible.”

H/t Skeletor

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