Five employees say ‘racist, sexist, homophobic and discriminatory behaviour has become accepted culture’ at Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Five employees of Canada’s spy service have launched a C$35m lawsuit against their employer, seeking damages after years of alleged bullying in a workplace they claim is rife with racism, homophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment.
The allegations against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, documented in a statement of claim filed this week in Federal Court, offers a view into one of the country’s most secretive organisations.
The allegations paint a picture of a hostile work environment where “racist, sexist, homophobic and discriminatory behaviour has become the accepted culture and norm”. None of the allegations contained in the 54-page statement of claim have been tested in court.