Canadian Armed Forces Class Action

Certification Hearing Dates Set in Canadian Armed Forces Systemic Sexual Assault and Harassment Class Actions

The plaintiffs in the class action commenced by RavenLaw have agreed to work together with plaintiffs in three similar class actions filed in Toronto, Quebec City, and Halifax. The plaintiffs and their counsel have joined together in two parallel actions in the Federal Court, and have completed the next major step in the proposed class action proceedings on behalf of women and men who experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Sherry Heyder, Amy Graham, and Nadine Schultz-Nielsen are the Plaintiffs in the class action on behalf of women. They experienced sexual assault, harassment and gender-based discrimination in the Armed Forces. Larry Beattie is the Plaintiff in the class action on behalf of men. He, too, experienced sexual harassment and assault while a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. All the Plaintiffs share a similar story. The Statements of Claim, which can be found on this page, allege that sexual assault and harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces are endemic and the Canadian Armed Forces has created and maintained a culture where leadership looks the other way. The actions are supported by It’s Just 700, a Canada-wide online resource and peer support group for survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.

In May, 2017, the Plaintiffs in both actions filed their motion records to certify each action as a class proceeding. The parties subsequently agreed to a timetable to complete the remaining steps in the motions for certification, which was approved by the Federal Court and formalized in an Order of Justice Fothergill on May 30, 2017. Under this Order, the motions for certification for both actions will be heard together by the Court the week of July 9, 2018.

If you or a family member are a current or former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment in the military, you can contact our firm at armedforcesclassaction@ravenlaw.com. Any information provided to the firm is strictly confidential.

We will continue to update this webpage with news about the litigation.

 

Ravenlaw Initiates Canadian Armed Forces Class Action

Our firm has initiated class action proceedings on behalf of women and men who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment in their service with the Canadian military. The plaintiffs are members of It’s Just 700, a Canada-wide online resource and peer support group for survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The group decided to bring a class action against the Canadian Armed Forces in an effort to change a system that condones sexual misconduct and punishes victims instead of perpetrators. The claim alleges that the Armed Forces have systemically failed to prevent and protect against sexual assault and sexual harassment, including by discouraging victims from reporting, failing to investigate reported incidents, and retaliating against members who come forward.

If you or a family member are a current or former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment in the military, you can contact our firm at armedforcesclassaction@ravenlaw.com. Any information provided to the firm is strictly confidential.

We will continue to update this webpage with news about the litigation.