On October 4, 2021, Klein Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a class of persons who worked within the RCMP workplace and were subjected to systemic bullying, intimidation and harassment within the workplace. The class includes all current and former temporary civilian employees, community constables, supernumerary special constables, auxiliary constables, cadets, pre-cadets, students, independent contractors and subcontractor employees (including Commissionaires, custodial workers, guards/matrons, individuals employed through temporary agencies and interns), as well as other government employees (including municipal, regional or similar levels of government employees and seconded officers and employees, including Interchange Canada participants) who are not entitled to grieve under s. 208 of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act, S.C. 2003, c. 22. The class also includes members of integrated policing units, and persons from outside agencies and police forces who were supervised or managed by the RCMP or who worked in an RCMP controlled workplace, volunteers, and non-profit organization employees, individuals working or attending courses on RCMP premises and other individuals who worked with or for the RCMP and who have a HRMIS identification.
The lawsuit alleges that the representative plaintiff and other class members were subjected to acts of bullying, intimidation and harassment by RCMP Members, Civilian Members, Public Service Employees and RCMP management. The lawsuit further alleges that the Crown, the RCMP and its management failed to fulfill its statutory and common law duties to the representative plaintiff and other class members to ensure they were in a safe and supportive work environment. As a result of the bullying, intimidation and harassment, the representative plaintiff and class members have suffered serious physical and psychological damages, out-of-pocket expenses and loss of income.
This class action excludes any claims class members have that were resolved in Merlo and Davidson v HMTQ, Tiller, Copland and Roach v HMTQ and Ross, Roy and Satalic v HMTQ. This class action also excludes any claims class members have in the certified class proceeding Greenwood and Gray v HMTQ unless that proceeding is de-certified prior to the trial of this proceeding, and any claims class members have in the authorized class action Delisle c. R, unless that proceeding is de-authorized prior to the trial of this proceeding.
If you are included in the class member definition listed below and suffered bullying, intimidation and harassment while working for the RCMP, please fill out our Do You Qualify form.
“The negotiations were conducted by plaintiffs’ counsel with experience in class proceedings.”
“I am satisfied it is apparent from the material, which is complicated, and, I might say very well organized...”
“Plaintiff’s counsel are senior members of the bar who have extensive experience in personal injury litigation and class actions..”
“Mr. Klein is experienced and able in relation to class proceedings. Over time he has acquired expertise that permits him to make a valuable contribution...”
“The lead class counsel is experienced and has been recognized by the courts in approving settlements in other class actions.”
“Counsel for the plaintiffs in the various jurisdictions appear to be experienced in class proceedings, and to be recognized as skilled litigators.”
“…Plaintiff’s counsel retained the British Columbia law firm of Klein Lawyers to assist in the litigation. That firm has extensive experience...”
“Klein Lawyers is a litigation firm focusing on class actions. The firm is based in Vancouver but also has a Toronto office.”
“The proposed Class Counsel have excellent qualifications…”
“Mr. Klein of Klein Lawyers has over 20 years of experience in the field of class action litigation and has appeared as plaintiffs’ counsel in over 25 certified class actions...”
“Class counsel, Klein Lawyers LLP and Kim Orr Barristers P.C., are highly experienced in class action litigation. Both firms have practiced in the specialized area of class action litigation for over 20 years”
“British Columbia class counsel took on this case on a contingency basis, and faced a real risk of not being paid at all for their services.”
“Class counsel pursued this litigation to completion on their own rather than with a consortium of counsel from various provinces.”
“Klein Lawyers has continuously posted updates about the case on its website during the litigation, and has posted the court decisions...”
“There is little doubt that the lawyers of the firm expended a great deal of time in prosecuting the action, in negotiating a settlement...”
“…Class counsel undertook an extensive communication plan to advise potential class members of the proposed settlement and to advise them of the...”