The Canadian government has agreed to pay nearly a $1 billion to settle class-action lawsuits from Armed Forces members and Department of National Defence employees who allege rampant sexual misconduct in the military.
According to a statement, the settlement does not admit liability, but it does reserve a total of $900 million for both members of the class action lawsuits and current or former employees who experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination based on sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.”
The statement further expatiated that individual payments will range between $5,000 and $55,000 depending on the type of treatment they experienced, with exceptional cases eligible for $155,000. The number of claims filed will also have effect on the amount.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it known to newsmen that the government takes sexual misconduct extremely seriously.
According to him, no one should feel unsafe in their place of work, in their communities.
Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said the forces will continue to learn from these survivors as steps are taken to achieve lasting and positive change.
A hearing is set for September to approve the agreement.