Quick Guide to the RCMP Class Action Settlement

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You probably don’t know about the details of the lawsuit, what the case is about, who is eligible to make a claim and the settlement guidelines. This guide highlights key points about the RCMP class action. 

Important Facts to Know About the RCMP Class Action Lawsuit 

What is the RCMP Class Action Lawsuit about? 

In July 2019, a settlement with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was reached for females employed in non-policing roles with the RCMP, who were subject to sexual or gender-based discrimination, bullying and harassment.

The settlement could total $100 million depending on the number of approved claims. 

It is the second case against the RCMP for harassment against females since 2016. The first settlement resulted in a $1.1 billion payout to female RCMP Members.

Who is Eligible for the RCMP Lawsuit? 

Females, or those who identify as females, who experienced gender or sexual orientation-based harassment while working with the RCMP any time from September 19, 1974, to July 5, 2019, and were employed in the following positions, are eligible to make a claim in the  RCMP class action lawsuit: 

  • Current or former living municipal employee;
  • Regional district employee;
  • Commissionaire;
  • Supernumerary Special Constable;
  • Consultant;
  • Member of an integrated policing unit;
  • Persons from outside agencies and police forces;
  • An employee of a non-profit organization.
  • Volunteer;
  • Contractor;
  • Public service employee;
  • and Student.

There are no geographical barriers on eligible women making a claim.  

Male employees, and those involved in the following class actions, Merlo and Davidson v. Her Majesty the Queen, Federal Court Action Number T-370-17 or Association des membres de la police montée du Québec inc., and Quebec Superior Court Number 500-06-000820-163, are not eligible for this class action lawsuit. 

What is Considered Harassment? 

The class action settlement defines harassment as the following: 

  • Sexual assault;
  • Physical assault; 
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Bullying based on gender or sexual orientation; or
  • Intimidation or abuse based on gender or sexual orientation.

It is not necessary for a claimant to have experienced all forms of harassment in order to qualify to make a claim. Every claim will be judged on its own unique merits. 

What is the RCMP Class Action Settlement? 

The compensation for approved claims in the settlement ranges between $10,000 and $220,000 per claim depending on the severity of the harassment experienced while working for the RCMP. The settlement defines six levels of compensation, here

How Do You Join the Lawsuit? 

To join the RCMP class action settlement, women must register your details. If you appear to qualify, and an agreement is completed, we will work with you to complete your claim and submit it to the Claims Administrator for review.

This guide provides vital information on the RCMP class action lawsuit. To register for the case, or to speak to a lawyer, please contact Higgerty Law today.

At Higgerty Law, we believe in supporting our clients with top-tier legal representation. Everyone is entitled to receiving support for their cases, and we’re the law firm dedicated to helping you. We focus on providing our clients with support and experience for all litigations, particularly for class action lawsuits, personal injury claims, business law and immigration cases, as well as helping victims of crime with a financial benefits program. We are strongly committed to justice and will use our professionalism, expertise and dedication to ensure that you get the legal and personal support you deserve. Get the legal assistance you need with Higgerty Law. 

We are Co-Counsel on the RCMP class action lawsuit for gender and sexual orientation-based harassment within the RCMP. We invite non-policing female employees, consultants, and volunteers, who might qualify for compensation to register for the class by calling us at 403-503-8888 or 1-888-699-7826