The Federal Court of Canada has certified Greenwood v His Majesty the King as a national class proceeding on September 20, 2022, following the Supreme Court of Canada's dismissal of Canada's leave to appeal application. The class action seeks damages on behalf of all current or former RCMP Regular and Civilian Members, Special Constables and Reservists who worked for the RCMP between January 1, 1995 and the date of an applicable collective agreement.
The nature of the claim made on behalf of the Class is systemic negligence. In particular, the Geoffrey Greenwood and Todd Gray (the "Representative Plaintiffs"), allege that there was a culture of systemic bullying, intimidation and harassment at the RCMP that affected all who worked for the RCMP, and that in allowing this culture to manifest and permeate the organization from its highest levels, the RCMP failed to fulfil its duties to provide the Class Members with a work environment free of bullying, intimidation and harassment, generally, as well as based on any grounds (including but not limited to sex, gender, race, ethnicity or religion).
Court-appointed Class Counsel are Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers P.C. The claims have not yet been proven in court and the defendant, Canada on behalf of the RCMP, has admitted no liability.
Notice of certification is currently being disseminated to class members through a court approved notice program that includes direct mailing and emailing, posting in RCMP detachments and on the RCMP's internal and external websites, and through external publications and social media.
A copy of the Certification Notice and Opt-out Form are available.
There is no room for harassment, bullying and intimidation in the RCMP. It is incumbent on every employee to come forward and speak out against this behaviour, and for our leaders and supervisors to take immediate action to stop it. We continue to strongly encourage anyone who feels they are the victim of inappropriate behaviour to report it. Prevention is key to ensuring that the workplace remains a safe and respectful space for everyone.
If you have been affected by harassment or discrimination in the workplace and need support, assistance is available through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-268-7708. RCMP employees and their families can also visit our website for additional resources to support their mental health and well-being.
For more information on Greenwood Gray Class Action, please visit RCMP Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment Class Action and RCMP General Harassment Class Action.