The settlement of old wounds or just a little hush money by the RCMP in Canada
RCMP to settle harassment suits in bid to heal old wounds
OTTAWA - The RCMP will announce the settlement of major harassment claims today that could see hundreds of current and former female Mounties compensated tens of millions of dollars.
The national police force has agreed to settlement terms in prospective class-action lawsuits brought forward by former RCMP members Janet Merlo and Linda Davidson, said a senior official with knowledge of the cases.
Under the settlements, women would receive financial compensation "based on a scale" of the severity of harm they suffered, the source said.
The official spoke to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the details publicly.
Though neither of the two class actions has been certified, the settlement agreements will be submitted to the courts, paving the way for approval.
There will be a deadline for signing on to the actions, which means it is too early to tell how many members might be compensated or the total payout.