Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner Liisa Pakosta has said the National Opera Estonia (Rahvusooper Estonia) will emerge stronger from the current scandal involving sexual harassment allegations concerning director Aivar Mäe.
The Council of the National Opera Estonia decided during a meeting on Thursday it will suspend Mäe's contract for two months. In addition to that, the council decided to supplement the theatre's rules of procedure on how to solve problems safely and diligently in the future. Pakosta said she supported this decision.
Pakosta told ETV's "Aktuaalne Kaamera" on Thursday she can only praise the decision that the council made.
"The council has decided that their focus is to ensure every employee of the National Opera Estonia will work for a long period and has a clear peace of mind in their work environment.
"All the regulations are made to assure employees they can work without anxiety and knowing that they won't be sexually assaulted or accused. If they ever are either sexually assaulted or accused in the work environment, the regulation helps to understand how the process works and how they can get justice."
Pakosta said the theatre comes out as the strongest one from this situation.
"The theatre is the winner in this situation. The reason why is because they have already decided to supplement the work organization rules. It should be described in the regulations of any large organization how misunderstandings should be handled in a polite and nice way. One should be able to continue to do their work in a calm and safe work environment."
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein