Monday, November 27, 2017

Canada Sets Aside $100 Million for LGBTQ Compensation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marches in the Ottawa Capital Pride parade, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. The apology from Trudeau for past state-sanctioned discrimination against LGBTQ people is welcome news for those who have been calling for such an expression of regret, but some think he is not the only one who should be there. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

CBC News reports:

The Trudeau government has earmarked more than $100 million to compensate members of the military and other federal agencies whose careers were sidelined or ended due to their sexual orientation, The Canadian Press has learned.

The money will be paid out as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement to employees who were investigated, sanctioned and sometimes fired as part of the so-called gay purge.

An agreement in principle in the court action emerged Friday, just days before the government delivers a sweeping apology for discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.

Details of the agreement must still be worked out by the parties and approved by the Federal Court, but it's expected that several thousand people will be eligible for the financial compensation.

See full article here.

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