01/27/2015 10:33 EST | Updated 03/29/2015 05:59 EDT

B.C. public servants filed 500 workplace misconduct complaints in 14-year period

B.C. public servants filed approximately 500 complaints for sexual harassment and other forms of workplace misconduct since 2000.

According to the 25-page, heavily-redacted documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, many of the complaints were filed under the human rights code, including some for discrimination or harassment. Dozens more dealt with misuse of managerial authority and one complaint involved firearms.

But if this sounds like a description of toxic workplaces, that's not how BCGEU president Stephanie Smith sees it.

Smith says the number of complaints show the grievance process is working.

"I think 500 complaints over a 14-year period with 25,000 to 35,000 members is not perhaps as alarming as it might appear."

She added it shows the BCGEU has negotiated strong contract language and members are using it to resolve their grievances.