Now that the Omar Khadr settlement is finished, five more people come forward and sue the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for Islamophobia, Racism, and Homophobic remarks.
The Canadian Security Intelligence is responsible for collecting, analyzing, reporting and disseminating intelligence on threats to Canada’s national security, and conducting operations, covert and overt, within Canada and abroad. It also reports to and advises the government of Canada on national security issues and situations that threaten the security of the nation.
A 54-page claim was filed n Federal Court today from one gay man, three Muslims, and one black man.
The lawsuit alleges that over several years, each employee “has been harassed and discriminated against by CSIS management and colleagues, on the basis of religion, race, ethnic and/or national origin, and/or sexual orientation.”
Among the allegations are that one employee was called “fag” and “homo,” another was told “all Muslims are terrorists”, and another was told to “complain to Allah.”
None of these allegations has been proven in court.
“The Canadian Security Intelligence Service takes any allegation of inappropriate behaviour very seriously,” CSIS director David Vigneault said in a statement. “I believe strongly in leading an organization where every employee promotes a work environment which is free from harassment and conducive to the equitable treatment of all individuals.”
Vigneault adds that CSIS “does not tolerate harassment, discrimination or bullying under any circumstances.”
“Employees are always encouraged to report any real, potential or perceived incidents of harassment, without fear of reprisal, to their supervisor or senior management. As this matter is now before the court, CSIS will not make any further public comment regarding these allegations,” the statement said.
Toronto lawyer John Phillips, who’s representing the employees, did not respond to CBC’s request for comment.
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