Jun 18, 2018
By Michael Kramer
A federal judge has approved a landmark deal – to compensate members of the military and other agencies – who were investigated and sometimes fired because of their sexual orientation.
Cheers of joy and celebratory hugs greeted the decision of Federal Court Justice Martine St-Louis after hours of testimony today from class action members.
Gay military veterans told St-Louis they were interrogated, harassed and spied on because of their sexuality.
An agreement in principle in the court action was drafted last November – just days before the government delivered a sweeping apology – for decades of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.
The final settlement includes at least $50 million and up to $110 million in total compensatio – with eligible individuals each expected to receive between $5,000 and $175,000.