“LGBT Purge” Class Action Settlement: Who is eligible for compensation?
Current or former Federal Public Servants, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members who were affected by unfair federal policies due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression during the period now known as the LGBT Purge (between the mid-50s to the mid-90s) may be eligible to submit a claim for financial compensation and individual reconciliation measures. Claims can be submitted to Deloitte, the court appointed administrator, until April 25, 2019.
In June 2018, the Federal Court approved the Final Settlement Agreement (FSA) in a class action lawsuit launched against the Government of Canada on behalf of CAF and RCMP members and Federal Public Servants who were discriminated against, harassed, investigated, sanctioned, released, or forced to terminate their employment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity during the LGBT Purge.
The settlement includes all current or former members of the CAF, current or former members of the RCMP, and current or former Federal Public Service Employees, who were alive as of October 31, 2016 and who were affected by one or more of these unfair measures, between December 1, 1955 and June 20, 1996. Family members of a deceased individual who was directly affected by actions stated above may be eligible to receive individual recognition measures, however are not eligible for financial compensation.
The Final Settlement Agreement includes financial compensation at four levels between $5,000 and $100,000 and individual reconciliation measures that include the Canada Pride Citation, Personal Letter of Apology, Records Access and File Notation. Class Members who experienced exceptional harm, such as PTSD, or who were sexually assaulted may be eligible for additional amounts. The claims period started on 25 October 2018 and individuals have until 25 April 2019 to submit a claim to Deloitte to request compensation and/or individual reconciliation and recognition measures.
For information on eligibility and how to submit a claim, please visit Deloitte’s website or call 1-833-346-6178.
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