Canada's spy agency faces $35 million harassment, discrimination lawsuit

Published on July 14, 2017

OTTAWA — Canada's spy agency is being sued by five employees who are looking for upwards of $35 million in damages over allegations of years of harassment and discrimination based on their religion, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

A statement of claim filed in Federal Court alleges that harassment, bullying and "abuse of authority" is rife within the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and that managers condone such behaviour.

The allegations are based on the experiences of five employees, none of whom can be legally identified within the document.

They allege that the harassment they have faced over years has caused them embarrassment, depression, anxiety and loss of income.

None of the allegations have been tested in court. 

Both the agency and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale have yet to respond to a request for comment.

The Canadian Press