More than 200 Canada policewomen file sex harassment class action

OTTAWA —More than 200 policewomen and former cops have alleged sexual harassment on the job in a class action lawsuit against Canada’s federal police force.

Hearings opened in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver to certify a law suit filed in March by Janet Merlo, a 19-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the women say they suffered abuse and harassment on the job.

Multiple statements from alleged victims have appeared in the Canadian media. The women cite examples of superiors asking for sexual favors and fellow officers making crude jokes.

Last year, the new commissioner of the RCMP, Bob Paulson, pledged to crack down on sexual harassment within the ranks of the police force.


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