Canadian Armed Forces

Stewart McKelvey has initiated a class action in response to concerns over systemic racial discrimination and harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces. As a class action, the named Plaintiffs propose to represent all persons in Canada who have been enrolled as members in the Canadian Armed Forces and who are or who identify as racial minorities, visible minorities or Aboriginal peoples.

The Statement of Claim was filed with the Federal Court in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 14, 2016 and is available here.

The three named Plaintiffs – Marc Frenette, Wallace Fowler, and Jean-Pierre Robillard – allege that there is a systemic culture of racial discrimination and harassment throughout the Canadian Armed Forces in which derogatory slurs, racial harassment and violent threats are tolerated or ignored, causing lost career opportunities and physical and psychological harm. The Plaintiffs say that the existing system for responding to racism within the Canadian Armed Forces is inadequate and has become a mechanism to simply silence the wrongs and isolate the victims.

The Statement of Claim alleges that the Canadian Armed Forces is liable for this systemic racial discrimination and harassment, which also breaches the equality rights guaranteed by section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

If you have experienced racial discrimination or racial harassment as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and wish to join this action, please contact forces.class.action@stewartmckelvey.com.

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