On February 10th, Justice Faieta issued a confidentiality order to protect the identity of a sexual violence complainant – a non-party who was summoned to testify about a workplace harassment complaint given the relevance of her complaint to a defamation action. Justice Faieta described the “important interest” favoring the order as follows:
Without protection of her privacy interests, a person who has been sexually assaulted or sexually harassed may be unwilling to come forward. Further, the failure to afford such protection to a person alleging sexual assault or sexual harassment may deter other persons from coming forward to report sexual misconduct.
Justice Faieta also said that the order only had a deleterious effect on “the prurient interests of the few.”