Indigenous public servants pursue class-action lawsuit against feds for harassment, discrimination in workplace
A pair of plaintiffs say they experienced harassment and discrimination as a result of their identities, including through belittling gestures, microaggressions, racist remarks, and denial of fair advancement opportunities.
The Centre Block building on Parliament Hill, pictured from Gatineau, Que., in August 2020. A proposed class-action lawsuit against the federal government by a pair First Nations public servants is seeking $25-million in punitive damages for all former employees of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and all current and former employees of Crown-Indigenous Relations Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, or Indian Oil and Gas Canada who experienced harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, culture, ethnicity, or gender. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade