Claims process for CAF-DND sexual misconduct class action settlement well underway
Posted on Thursday April 8, 2021
OTTAWA - The individual claims process component of the CAF-DND sexual misconduct class action settlement is well underway. Current and former CAF members, and current and former employees of DND and the SNPF, CF affected by sexual misconduct in the military workplace may submit a confidential claim for financial compensation and to participate in a Restorative Engagement program until the period to file a claim closes on November 24, 2021.
The claims process is confidential. The fact that someone has made a claim, and all of the information and documents provided by claimants will not be disclosed to claimants’ co-workers, supervisors, or DND/CAF/SNPF, CF leadership, except with the consent of the class member or as required by law.
The range of individual compensation for most eligible class members is $5,000 to $55,000. Class members with PTSD or other diagnosed mental or physical injuries directly arising from sexual assault or sexual harassment may be eligible for additional amounts.
In the case of a CAF class member, these additional amounts are only available if they are ineligible for VAC benefits and their application for reconsideration is also denied. DND/SNPF class members do not need to apply for VAC benefits, unless they also have CAF service.
In addition to the possibility of financial compensation, class members can also choose to participate in a Restorative Engagement program which aims to provide class members safe and flexible options to share their experience of sexual misconduct, its causes and impacts with Defence leadership - to be heard, acknowledged and validated, and to contribute to changing the organizational culture.
Information on the settlement, who is included, and how to submit a claim can be found here: www.caf-dndsexualmisconductclassaction.ca