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RCMP settlement to pay out an estimated $100 million

July 11, 2019

RCMP workplace harassment cases are showing high numbers in Alberta.

Details have been released regarding a class-action lawsuit against the RCMP. The workplace harassment case will pay out $100 million to the women with eligible claims. According to the press release from Higgerty Law in Calgary, a large portion of the claims were from women who were harassed or discriminated against in Alberta.

Claims from the class-action suit go back to the mid 1970's. The compensation will range from $10,000 to $220,000 per person. Lawyers for Cheryl Tiller, Mary Ellen Copland and Dayna Roach say the settlement opens the door to potential claims for thousands of women who worked in non-police roles. Higgerty Law in Calgary says that this is not just a Calgary issue.

"This is not Calgary-centric. This is about the fact that we believe there are a lot of claimants who developed their claims while they were working in Alberta," says Principal Counsel Patrick Higgerty.

There are 45 detachments in Alberta that are subject to the Municipal Police Service agreement, and 118 total detachments in the province.