RCMP Gender Harassment and Discrimination Class Action

If you are a female, or identify as a female, and work or have worked within the RCMP this notice may affect your legal rights. Please read it carefully.

On May 30, 2017, the Federal Court (Canada) approved a settlement of the class action Merlo and Davidson v. Canada. The class action concerns allegations of gender and sexual orientation based harassment and discrimination within the RCMP.

Who is Eligible for the Settlement?

To be eligible to participate in the settlement, you must be a Primary Class Member, that is, an individual who is female (or identifies as female) and is a living, current or former, Regular Member (includes Special Constables, Cadets, Auxiliary Constables, Special Constable Members, and Reserve Members), Civilian Member and/or Public Service Employee (includes Temporary Civilian Employees) who worked within the RCMP between September 16, 1974 and May 30, 2017.  Primary class members who have opted out, or are deemed to have opted out because they have commenced their own individual court actions, are not eligible.

What are the Terms of the Settlement?

The settlement provides for change initiatives to address workplace harassment in the RCMP.  It also sets out six levels of compensation for Primary Class Members who experienced gender or sexual orientation based harassment and/or discrimination while working in the RCMP between September 16, 1974 and May 30, 2017. Secondary class members may apply for compensation where the primary class member is assessed at either of the two highest levels. The full text of the Merlo Davidson Settlement Agreement can be found here.

How Do Primary Class Members Make a Claim Under the Settlement Agreement?

You must submit a claim form together with all supporting documentation to the Assessor by February 8, 2018. Claim forms are available from the Independent Assessor and may also be accessed and completed electronically here. Claims will be accepted as of August 12, 2017.

The Independent Assessor may be contacted at:

OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDANT ASSESSOR
130 Albert St., Suite 1103
Ottawa, ON
K1P 5G4
1-844-348-0776
info@merlodavidson.ca
www.merlodavidson.ca

 

For more information about the terms of the Settlement Agreement or how to make a claim you may contact class counsel:

KLEIN LAWYERS LLP
Whitney Santos
1385 West 8th Avenue #400
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V9
(604) 874-6159
wsantos@callkleinlawyers.com
www.callkleinlawyers.com

KIM SPENCER MCPHEE BARRISTERS P.C.
Megan B. McPhee
19 Mercer Street, Suite 400
Toronto, ON, M5V 1H2
(416) 349-6574
mbm@complexlaw.ca
www.complexlaw.ca