The federal government has spent over $7.8 million in contesting a proposed $2.5 billion class-action lawsuit by Black federal public servants, labeled “shocking” and “disgraceful” by Nicholas Marcus Thompson of the Black Class Action Secretariat. The lawsuit, dating back to 1970, alleges systemic racism and contradictions between the government’s statements and court proceedings. Despite acknowledging racism at the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the government filed a motion to dismiss the case. The Public Service Alliance of Canada predicts rising legal costs and Amnesty International Canada seeks intervener status.
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