Sexual Harassment Suit filed against RCMP

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in BC Supreme Court by lawyers representing a former Nanaimo, BC RCMP officer alleging sexual harassment against her employer. Janet Merlo claims she was subject to 20 years of sexual harassment while part of the force, including sexual pranks and comments by male supervisors.

Lawyers that filed the suit are now awaiting certification by a judge that the lawsuit is a class action (a process that could take up to two years). The suit follows the widespread allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in the RCMP that became public last fall, and is among the latest stories of unaccountability and discrimination having to do with the RCMP.

More information about the lawsuit can be found here. The notice of civil claim can be found here.