Mountie’s million-dollar award upheld by B.C. court

British Columbia liable for commanding officer’s harassment of female constable
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a $950,000 award against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for a commanding officer’s harassment of a female police constable.

In 2006 the B.C. Supreme Court awarded Nancy Sulz $950,000 for the harassment she’d experienced from her commanding officer, Staff Sgt. Smith, in 1994 and 1995.

Sulz testified that Smith had been hostile and vindictive towards her, had ostracized her and had criticized her to colleagues and supervisors. It resulted in a deterioration of her physical and mental health (two RCMP doctors diagnosed her as having a major depressive disorder) and eventually Sulz took sick leave.