The B.C. RCMP has officially been served in a civil claim by a 20-year member based out of Courtenay, alleging discrimination and harassment.
Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau, senior media relations officer with B.C. RCMP ‘E’ Division, said in an email the organization’s official response will be filed in court as a statement of defence.
She added as the matter is now before the court, it would be inappropriate to comment further.
In August 2017, Cpl. Jill Swann filed the claim in Vancouver against a variety of individuals, but specifically directed many of the claims against her supervisor, Cpl. Roger Collin of the Island District General Investigations Section (IDGIS) of ‘E’ Division.
The suit also names the commanding officer of ‘E’ Division and current Comox Valley RCMP Inspector Tim Walton.
The B.C. Supreme Court case alleges discrimination and harassment in reference to her physical appearance, sex and against First Nations people.
Swann, who served as a constable since September 1996, was stationed at the Island District General Investigation Section based out of Courtenay from 2006 to 2016.
While stationed at IDGIS, she was directly supervised by Collin from August 2008 until June 2016. She alleges she was harassed based on her sex, marital status, family status, physical disability and personal appearance by individual male RCMP members, and in particular, Collin.
Swann is seeking general and special damages, exemplary and punitive damages, aggravated damages, and costs pursuant to the court order and other relief that the court deems just.
According to court records, six affidavits of personal service forms have been filed, meaning six out of 13 defendants have been served. A list of the individuals served was not immediately available.
A date has not yet been set for trial.