"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)

CLASS ACTION

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.

WE WILL NOT BE KEPT SILENT

THE PLAINTIFFS

The three plaintiffs are leading this class action on behalf of female members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service and their family members for the abuse, discrimination, and pervasive sexual harassment these women have endured during their time as employees of the Waterloo Regional Police Services.

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 CONSTABLE ANGELINA RIVERS

 

Angie was born and raised in Guelph Ontario, where her mother worked as a dispatcher for the Guelph Police Service. This gave Angie rare insight to the policing world. She was drawn to the sense of pride and community service she saw in her mentors at the police service, and the family-like environment. Angie discovered her passion for the intricacies of law in a grade 11 law class, and knew then, policing was where she belonged.

 

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 CONSTABLE SHARON ZEHR

 

Sharon grew up in Kitchener.  She aspired to be a police officer since she was in the 8th grade after a police officer visited her classroom.  Sharon wanted to help people.

Sharon, served in WRPS as a Constable for two and a half years and left the force in 1991.

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 SUPERINTENDENT BARRY ZEHR

 

Barry grew up in the small village of Tavistock.  As a young person, he admired the community work of the three local police officers.  After high school, he decided to become a police officer.  After college he was hired by the WRPS and he had strong family support to do so.

 

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HAVE YOU FACED INJUSTICE AT THE HANDS OF THE WRPS/WRPA?

WE'RE HERE TO LISTEN & HELP

The legal team consists of lawyers from two prominent law firms in Ontario. Our team combined has

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R. DOUGLAS ELLIOTT

CAMBRIDGE LLP

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ELENA MAMAY

CAMBRIDGE LLP

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COLLEEN YAMASHITA

SCARFONE HAWKINS LLP

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DAVID THOMPSON

SCARFONE HAWKINS LLP