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Ottawa to pay nearly $1B to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits against CAF

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Ottawa to pay nearly $1B to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits against Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian government has agreed to pay nearly a $1 billion to settle class-action lawsuits from Canadian Armed Forces members who allege rampant sexual misconduct in the military.

"While not admitting liability, the government of Canada has agreed to a settlement," reads a statement

Of the $900 million set aside, $800 million will cover current and former members of the armed forces and $100 million will go to Department of National Defence employees who experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation on the job.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/military-sexual-misconduct-settlement-1.5216307
 

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Rampant Sexual Misconduct?

Definition:
rampant
[ˈrampənt]
ADJECTIVE
(especially of something unwelcome or unpleasant) flourishing or spreading unchecked.
"political violence was rampant" · [more]
synonyms:
uncontrolled · unrestrained · unchecked · unbridled · widespread · [more]
(of a person or activity) violent or unrestrained in action or performance.
"rampant sex"
synonyms:
vehement · strong · violent · forceful · raging · wild · intense · fanatical · passionate

I guess I'm pretty blind then. Because I never saw anyone naked chasing each other down the flats of HMCShips I served in.
 

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I stand to be corrected, but according to the info-machine, if your name's not on the class action list now, I don't read any indication of being able to jump on ...
Deputy Minister Jody Thomas and Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance issued the following statement:

“Today, the Government of Canada announced that a settlement has been reached between the Canadian Armed Forces/Department of National Defence/Staff of the Non-Public Funds and the plaintiffs in class action lawsuits initiated by seven former members of the CAF.

“The proposed settlement sets out financial compensation, the option to participate in a restorative engagement program, and several other measures aimed at addressing sexual misconduct in the CAF.

“We are pleased that the government and the plaintiffs have been able to reach a comprehensive settlement which will advance the project of real and lasting cultural change ...
 

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Plaintiffs and their lawyers negotiate a settlement on behalf of the class; that agreement is ratified by the court, and then anyone within the class definition may apply for compensation in accordance with the agreement.
 

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More information will flow i nthe fall; for now, here's the official website:

https://www.classaction.deloitte.ca/en-ca/Pages/CAF-DNDsexualmisconductclassaction.aspx
 

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Since OP Honour was initiated and the report center spooled up I'd be curious to see:
-how many charges have been laid
-how many members have been found guilty; and
-how many members have been released as a result.

And then compare those numbers to pre-op honour.
 

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dapaterson said:
More information will flow i nthe fall; for now, here's the official website:

https://www.classaction.deloitte.ca/en-ca/Pages/CAF-DNDsexualmisconductclassaction.aspx

Interesting in that it takes you to a consulting company's website...
 

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For all of you who already hate lawyers, here's another reason:

17.01 Legal Fees – CAF Class
Within fifteen (15) days of the Implementation Date, Canada shall pay to Class Counsel its legal
fees in respect of the CAF Class in the amount of twenty five million dollars ($25,000,000.00),
plus applicable taxes at the rate applicable in the province of Ontario, which shall be in addition
to the compensation paid to Class Members. Class Counsel agree that no amounts shall be
deducted from any payments made to Class Members on account of legal fees or for any other
reason.
17.02 Legal Fees – DND/SNPF Class
Within fifteen (15) days of the Implementation Date, Canada shall pay to Class Counsel its legal
fees in respect of the DND/SNPF Class in the amount of one million five hundred and sixty
thousand dollars ($1,560,000.00), plus applicable taxes at the rate applicable in the province of
Ontario, which shall be in addition to the compensation paid to Class Members.

:cheers:
 

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However, prior to the settlement, government lawyers tried to halt the class action suit, telling a court that the government does not "owe a private law duty of care to individual members within the CAF to provide a safe and harassment-free work environment, or to create policies to prevent sexual harassment or sexual assault," according to CBC.

I'm usually not one of those who gets riled and ask for heads to roll, but..

WHAT. THE ACTUAL. FUCK?
 

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FJAG said:
For all of you whop already hate lawyers, here's another reason:

:cheers:

25 million on a $1b class action? That’s really a pretty modest cut. 2.5%

I’d be curious to know how many lawyer-hours went into this file from start to finish. They’ve been at this for a while.
 

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For Ross, Roy & Satalic, legal fees were $15M plus tax, so this is in the ballpark.  In fact, proportionately, it's less.
 

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dapaterson said:
For Ross, Roy & Satalic, legal fees were $15M plus tax, so this is in the ballpark.  In fact, proportionately, it's less.

It's like we're getting a deal with our tax dollars  :nod:
 

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I know a number of lawyers that also hate lawyers... but they have the best jokes about the profession! :cheers:
 

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Ottawa to pay nearly $1B to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits against Canadian Armed Forces

Have to admit reading comments on news pages can be interesting some times.    One person brought up an interesting point.  If they were working at Company X and a victim of sexual misconduct the charges and suit would be against the individual.  Mr/Ms Y would be paying.  So why is this suit against the CAF and tax payers footing the bill? Was the CAF supposed to provide something above and beyond Company X?

Had the displeasure at one point dealing with things in Ottawa and a lot times the problem with these cases were it was a he said/she said case when the MPs investigated with no evidence to support punishment. 

I wonder how many males will be filing and what the reaction will be to it.  Still amazed at how it is still assumed the victim is a female. 
 

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CountDC said:
Ottawa to pay nearly $1B to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits against Canadian Armed Forces

Have to admit reading comments on news pages can be interesting some times.    One person brought up an interesting point.  If they were working at Company X and a victim of sexual misconduct the charges and suit would be against the individual. Mr/Ms Y would be paying.  So why is this suit against the CAF and tax payers footing the bill? Was the CAF supposed to provide something above and beyond Company X?

Had the displeasure at one point dealing with things in Ottawa and a lot times the problem with these cases were it was a he said/she said case when the MPs investigated with no evidence to support punishment. 

I wonder how many males will be filing and what the reaction will be to it.  Still amazed at how it is still assumed the victim is a female.

That’s not accurate. Example below.

When events take place and persons aren’t held to account in multiple instances this is what happens. And if it can be proven a corporation knew about incidents and did not act accordingly in preventing similar acts from taking place again, then the corp. can easily be held responsible.

...Lewis later learned that WestJet had investigated a complaint from a flight attendant two years earlier alleging the same pilot had sexually assaulted her during a layover in Alberta, according to the lawsuit. It states the company did not discipline or fire him, nor take steps to warn or protect women scheduled to work with him.

Fired in 2016 after eight years with WestJet, Lewis has spoken out publicly about the “toxic” relations and “cowboy culture” at airlines and launched a proposed class action lawsuit against her former employer.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear WestJet’s arguments to quash the lawsuit, which accuses the airline of failing to provide a harassment-free workplace for women. WestJet previously failed to scuttle the action in the B.C. courts after arguing that the dispute belongs in the quasi-judicial realm...

More at link:


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-sexual-harassment-complaints-soaring-amid-frat-boy-culture-in-2/
 

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dapaterson said:
Plaintiffs and their lawyers negotiate a settlement on behalf of the class; that agreement is ratified by the court, and then anyone within the class definition may apply for compensation in accordance with the agreement.
Thanks for clarifying - appreciated.
 
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