"MY DREAM OF BECOMING A RESPECTED POLICE OFFICER WAS SYSTEMATICALLY & INTENTIONALLY TURNED INTO MY WORST NIGHTMARE”
Constable Sharon Zehr, WRPS
Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) & Waterloo Regional Police Association (WRPA)
A class action lawsuit has been issued against the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) and the Waterloo Regional Police Association (WRPA) for systemic and institutional gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Representative plaintiffs Constable Angelina Rivers and Constable Sharon Zehr allege that they were subjected to routine harassment and abuse at the hands of their male colleagues and superiors. Any effort to address these issues internally were dismissed and resulted in additional ridicule, degradation and retaliation to the plaintiffs, pointing to a culture of misogyny that was tolerated and even promoted at the highest levels of the organization.