Two women have filed a $167-million class action lawsuit against the Waterloo Regional Police Services board and police association claiming they experienced systemic and institutional gender-based discrimination and harassment on the job.
The women — a former constable and a current officer with the force on leave — are seeking $100 million for general and aggravated damages and $50 million for exemplary damages. As part of the same suit, the families of the officers are seeking damages of $17 million, bringing the total to $167 million.
Const. Angelina Rivers and Sharon Zehr allege they were subjected to harassment and abuse by male colleagues and superiors.
Rivers, who started working as a constable with WRPS in 2006 and is still employed by the force but is currently on leave, said she was sent sexually inappropriate text messages and pictures from a direct supervisor. – READ MORE