A female Mountie who was once part of its famous Musical Ride is suing the force with allegations of sexual assault, harassment, breach of contract and more.
She’s saying that a pattern of abusive behaviour by her fellow officers in the 1980’s left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, which led to considerable disruption to her personal life along with putting a damper on her career hopes.
Among the shocking allegations:
- She was dragged through and covered with horse feces during a hazing incident, a ‘ritual’ that had supposedly been discontinued years before her time
- A fellow member of the ride simulated a sexual assault while she slept that was videotaped
- Her horse’s equipment was sabotaged, which could have caused serious injury
The pattern of abuse was consistent and at one point she claims there was even a betting pool as to when she’d commit suicide. She says over 100 incidents were investigated and found to have substance, yet the perpetrators were let off very lightly, if in fact they ever did receive an official rebuke. The lawsuit names several individuals along with the RCMP itself, many of whom still serve on the force and some in senior positions.
She’s seeking millions of dollars in damages for assault, sexual assault, infliction of mental suffering, loss of income and pension entitlement, and breach of contract.
It’s an obligation on the part of your employer to maintain appropriate working conditions and to deal effectively with any issues that arise. If you’ve suffered abuse or harassment at work that wasn’t adequately dealt with by a superior, it may also involve a breach of contract.
An employment contract is your assurance of the ground rules involved in any kind of agreement, whether it involves tendering for a job or working regularly for an employer. It’s important to know your rights and obligations and to make sure the other party or parties uphold their end of the deal too.
You shouldn’t be left to deal with abuse or harassment all on your own and if you’re ever in that situation, you’ll need the help of experienced breach of contract lawyers.
You only have a limited time to take action. If you think your rights under a contractual agreement are being disregarded contact Petrillo Law today or call us (905) 949-9433 for a free consultation with an experienced breach of contract lawyer. We look forward to hearing from you.
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