Who Qualifies For The RCMP Class Action Settlement?
Qualifying & Submitting A Claim: The Key Details About The RCMP Class Action Lawsuit
In 2016, 3,131 female RCMP Members filed claims against the RCMP in the first gender and sexual orientation-based harassment class action settlement against the RCMP. It was considered a ground-breaking case which put the spotlight firmly on the culture within the RCMP.
In July 2019, a second class action suit was certified, this time for non-policing female employees, consultants and volunteers who worked for or with the RCMP. The second lawsuit is also estimated at $100 million.
The RCMP agreed to a settlement in this second case. The Federal Government will compensate women or those who identify as women between $10,000 and $220,000 for each approved claim of harassment.
This second RCMP class action lawsuit is another ground-breaking case. Women who were assaulted have the opportunity to apply for compensation.
If you were harassed during your time in the RCMP, or when working with them, you can make a claim. Below is the vital information you need to know about eligibility and submitting a claim for the RCMP class action settlement.
Who is Eligible to Claim in the RCMP Class Action Settlement?
Any female, or person who publicly identifies as female, and was subject to gender or sexual orientation-based harassment by RCMP personnel, is eligible to make a claim.
To qualify, the harassment must have occurred in an RCMP workplace environment, such as an office, detachment or facility. The allegations of sexual harassment include sexual assault, physical assault, bullying, intimidation and other forms of abuse.
To be entitled to make a claim, the plaintiff must have been working for or with the RCMP between September 19, 1974 and July 5, 2019 and in any of the following positions: municipal employee, regional district employee, employee of a non-profit organization, volunteer, commissionaire, supernumerary special constable, consultant, contractor, public service employee, student, member of an integrated policing unit or from outside agencies and police forces.
Individuals who received prior compensation for sexual harassment or discrimination against the RCMP are not eligible for this class action lawsuit.
Also excluded are 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.
Compensation Ranges From $10,000 to $220,000, But Who is Entitled to What Amount?
There are six levels of compensation in the RCMP class action lawsuit. The level where a claim fits is determined by the nature of the abuse.
For example, Level 1 includes sexualized comments and jokes, with a maximum award of $10,000. Level 6 includes continuous intimidation, bullying, aggression, and forcing the complainant to engage in sexual acts. The maximum compensation at this level is $220,000.
Because each individual has their own unique experience, the Court will judge each case individually. For more information on the levels of compensation:
Am I Guaranteed Compensation in The RCMP Class Action Lawsuit?
There is no guarantee claimants will receive compensation. The Court must first approve your claim.
Because the claims process is complex and demanding, we recommend individuals do not go through the process on your own. If you represent yourself, you run the risk of being disqualified by submitting an incomplete or inaccurate claim. Historically, self-represented claimants do not obtain the highest possible amount of compensation.
It is advisable to hire a law firm which is experienced in class action lawsuits - such as Higgerty Law. The knowledge and experience of our team of lawyers and paralegals is highly beneficial to your submission. The benefits of working with legal counsel can include higher compensation, properly submitted claims and the satisfaction of knowing you are in the best possible position to have your claim approved.
If you become a Higgerty Law client, you do not pay legal fees up front. If the Court approves your claim, you will be invoiced for your agreed-upon fees. However, if your application is denied, you will not pay any legal fees.
How to Start the Process for the RCMP Class Action Settlement
If you think you might qualify, start the process by registering.
Once you are registered, you will undergo a four-step process to determine your eligibility:
- Our team will review your registration to determine if you qualify to make a claim.
- If you qualify, you will receive a contingency fee agreement, which will be tailored to your circumstances.
- The Higgerty Law team will then help complete your agreement, whether in person, by video call, or before a Notary Public. We work with clients around the world.
- We will assess the merits of your claim. Our team will work with you to complete your application and submit it to the Claims Administrator.
If you feel you are entitled to make a claim in the RCMP class action settlement, contact our team today and let’s get started.