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Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

Senate to offer financial compensation to employees of former senator Meredith

September 10, 2020

Ottawa – Today, the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (CIBA) agreed with recommendations regarding compensation made by the Honourable Louise Otis, a former justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal who served as an independent evaluator to determine financial awards for employees affected by the misconduct of former senator Don Meredith.

The Senate Ethics Officer concluded in a June 2019 report that Mr. Meredith had engaged in behaviour that “constitutes both harassment and sexual harassment.”

For the purposes of her evaluation, Ms. Otis was instructed to take all facts in the Senate Ethics Officer’s report as true and proven. In recommending compensation amounts, Ms. Otis averaged compensation levels established in three significant and recent class-action lawsuit settlements relating to instances of harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination in the public sector.

Ms. Otis recommends that the Senate offer financial compensation to staff who were harassed or sexually harassed while working in the office of Mr. Meredith. Employees who participated in the independent evaluation process will be contacted by the Office of the Senate Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel. CIBA will meet again to further discuss Ms. Otis’s report.

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