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Military looking to settle class-action lawsuits out of court: Sajjan

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the military is looking to settle several class-action lawsuits filed by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the military is looking to settle several class-action lawsuits filed by members of the Canadian Armed Forces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the military is looking to settle several class-action lawsuits filed by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Sajjan says the plaintiffs, who are alleging sexual assault, racism, harassment and discrimination, have agreed to suspend their litigation.

In response, the government will drop its efforts to strike down the class actions and seek to resolve matters outside court.

The minister says he hopes settlements will bring closure and healing to those involved.

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The military has been stressing its efforts to fight racism and inappropriate sexual behaviour in the ranks.

Sajjan says senior officers acknowledge the problems and are working to ensure a safe workplace for all and to support victims.

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