First deadline for $100M RCMP class-action lawsuit approaching

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“In the first case, all women worked for the federal government, and a significant number of them were in police positions with the RCMP,” Klein said.

“In this case, a lot of women actually work for a local, regional, provincial, or nonprofit organization and work with the RCMP in RCMP controlled environments, but they are not federal employees, which makes it not as coherent or well connected. ”

There are also fears related to retaliation and a lack of confidentiality that are preventing some women from telling “traumatic and very difficult” stories, he said.

However, Klein stressed that there are a number of safeguards in place to ensure that women’s identities and the nature of their claims are “fully protected”.

As of Thursday, only 306 applications had been received, another 60 applications were assigned to reviewers and five were submitted.

Klein said the same horrific stories are heard from plaintiffs in this case, similar to those identified during the initial settlement related to rape, sexual assault, harassment and misogyny.

In the Merlo-Davidson settlement, 2,304 women were compensated and 782 claims were denied. All in all, $ 125,266,500 was paid to applicant.

In relation to the implementation of the settlement agreement, a report entitled “Broken Dreams Broken Lives” was published.

It reads: “The culture of the RCMP is toxic and tolerates misogynist and homophobic attitudes among its leaders and members. This culture has caused incalculable harm to female members of the RCMP as well as to those who work in the public service. “

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