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Website of the Claims Administrator of the RCMP Settlement pertaining to gender- or sexual orientation- based discrimination of those not members of the RCMP/GRC

The Claims Assessment Process

Have you experienced harassment or discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation while working with the RCMP?

On July 5, 2019 the Federal Court (Canada) certified a class action concerning allegations of gender and sexual orientation-based harassment and discrimination of women working or volunteering with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“RCMP”). The settlement provides for six levels of compensation ranging from $10,000 to $220,000.

Who is Eligible for the Proposed Settlement? Women who experienced gender or sexual orientation- based harassment or discrimination while working or volunteering with the RCMP during the Class Period (September 16, 1974 to July 5, 2019).*

*“Primary Class Members” means current and former living Municipal Employees, Regional District Employees, employees of non-profit organizations, volunteers, Commissionaires, Supernumerary Special Constables, consultants, contractors, public service employees, students, members of integrated policing units and persons from outside agencies and police forces who are female or publicly identify as female and who were supervised or managed by the RCMP or who worked in an RCMP controlled workplace during the Class Period, excluding individuals who are primary class members in Merlo and Davidson v. Her Majesty the Queen, Federal Court Action Number T-1685-16 and class members in Ross, Roy, and Satalic v. Her Majesty the Queen, Federal Court Action Number T-370- 17 or Association des membres de la police montée du Québec inc., Gaétan Delisle, Dupuis, Paul, Lachance, Marc v. HMTQ, Quebec Superior Court Number 500-06- 000820-163.


If you agree with the proposed settlement, you do not have to do anything at this time. If the Court approves the settlement, a notice will be published setting out the procedures for submitting a Claim to the settlement.






If you disagree with the proposed settlement

If you disagree with the proposed settlement, you have the right to object. To object, you must mail or deliver by hand a letter to either Klein Lawyers LLP or Higgerty Law at their addresses below. Your objection must be received by Class Counsel by October 1, 2019. Your letter must include your name, contact information, and a brief statement of the nature and reasons for your objection.

If you do not wish to participate in the class action and proposed settlement because you wish to retain the right to pursue an individual action, you must mail or deliver by hand a signed Opt-Out Form to Klein Lawyers LLP received or postmarked no later than September 13, 2019:

Klein Lawyers LLP Attn: Whitney Santos 1385 West 8th Avenue, Suite 400 Vancouver, BC V6H 3V9

If you opt-out, you will not be included in this lawsuit, you will not be bound by the Court’s judgement on the settlement, and you will not be eligible for settlement compensation. File an Opt-Out Form only if you wish to retain the right to pursue an individual action. The Opt-Out Form can be obtained from Class Counsel and is available on Class Counsel’s websites and at rcmpsettlement.ca.

If you have an ongoing lawsuit or other claim for compensation with respect to gender or sexual orientation-based harassment or discrimination you experienced while working or volunteering with the RCMP, and you wish to participate in the proposed class action settlement, you must discontinue your lawsuit or other claim before September 13, 2019. If you do not, you will be deemed by s. 334.21(2) of the Federal Courts Rules to have opted out of this class action. Contact your lawyer to discuss your options.

A motion to approve the settlement is scheduled to be heard on October 17, 2019 at 9:30 am at the Federal Court in Vancouver, British Columbia at 701 West Georgia Street. Class Counsel will also ask the Court to approve an award of fees and disbursements for their work in achieving the settlement.

If you are a Class Member, you have the right to participate in the approval hearing by attending the hearing and requesting to speak either in favour or against the settlement or the fees being sought by Class Counsel. The Court may make orders as to the manner, timing and duration of any Class Member submissions at the hearing. If you are a Class Member and wish to participate in the hearing, please contact either Klein Lawyers LLP or Higgerty Law by mail or email at their addresses below and state your intention to participate in the hearing.

For further information on registration, opting-out or objecting please visit either Class Counsel website by clicking the link below:




Class Members

If you are a Class Member, you have the right to participate in the approval hearing by attending the hearing and requesting to speak either in favour or against the settlement or the fees being sought by Class Counsel. The Court may make orders as to the manner, timing and duration of any Class Member submissions at the hearing. If you are a Class Member and wish to participate in the hearing, please contact either Klein Lawyers LLP or Higgerty Law by mail or email at their addresses below and state your intention to participate in the hearing.

The Approval Hearing and Your Rights

A motion to approve the settlement is scheduled to be heard on October 17, 2019 at 9:30 am at the Federal Court, Vancouver, BC at 701 West Georgia Street. You may object to the proposed settlement by October 1, 2019. You may opt-out of the proposed settlement by September 13, 2019.

For detailed information on how you can participate in the hearing, object to the settlement or opt out of the settlement, visit rcmpsettlement.ca or contact Class Counsel at the below email addresses.

More Information?

For complete details on the proposed settlement, the fees being sought by counsel, opting out and objecting to the settlement, visit rcmpsettlement.ca or contact Class Counsel:

Klein Lawyers LLP

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Higgerty Law

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