The public will discover out later at present how a lot cash the federal authorities has paid to the 1000’s of ladies who mentioned they had been sexually harassed or assaulted whereas working for the RCMP.
The Merlo-Davidson settlement, named after lawsuit plaintiffs Janet Merlo and Linda Davidson, covers these who had been harassed whereas working for the RCMP throughout or after September, 1974. They embrace ladies who skilled sexual harassment and gender or sexual orientation-based discrimination whereas working as common RCMP officers, civilian members or public service staff of the RCMP.
Each sufferer was eligible for a payout of between $10,000 and $220,000.
In 2016, the Liberal authorities put aside $100 million to cowl the claims. Back then, the RCMP was anticipating about 1,000 ladies to submit claims.
Instead, the workplace of Michel Bastarache — the previous Supreme Court justice employed by the Federal Court to resolve on the claims — obtained greater than 3 times that quantity.
Last yr, the federal authorities promised a further $50 million to cowl the rising price of settlements.
Successful claimants had been awarded compensation on a sliding scale, starting from degree one claims — which cowl sexualized feedback — to degree six claims involving “forcing [the] complainant to engage in penetrative sex acts.”
The report coming later this morning from Bastarache is predicted to offer a breakdown of how a lot was paid out on the various ranges.
His remaining report will lay out his suggestions for the RCMP primarily based on his evaluation of the claims.
The RCMP has reached a second settlement — for about one other $100 million — for girls subjected to sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination whereas they labored for the power in non-policing roles.