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article imageFemale officer brings second lawsuit against RCMP

Const. Karen Katz filed the lawsuit against the RCMP on Friday. She brought a similar suit against a fellow officer last January.
The lawsuit launched by Katz, a 23 year veteran of the RCMP, is the latest accusation of wrongdoing brought against the beleaguered force. The suit names the Attorney General of Canada as a defendant in addition to the RCMP.
Katz is now living under an assumed name and has been on paid medical leave since 2009. She's claiming general damages and specific damages for post traumatic stress disorder.
As the Vancouver Sun reports, Katz claims the harassment began in 1989 when she was undergoing basic training in Regina. She alleges she was forced to go on "fat parade" where she would have to announce how much she weighed to male officers. She claims she was constantly told she was fat and made fun of if she ordered dessert at meals.
While posted in Prince George, B.C., Katz alleges she was asked to perform sexual services for male colleagues who continually talked to her about the size of their penises and asked her questions about her sex life.
Katz has written four books about outlaw bikers and she was constantly accused of being "infatuated with outlaw motorcycle gangs." She was also labelled a security risk because of her contact with members of the Hells Angels.
The constable also claims she was subjected to shoulder rubs and kisses on the cheek by male officers.
As CBC reported, Katz launched another lawsuit for harassment in January. That suit named fellow officer Baldev Singh Bamra, the Attorney General of Canada, the federal Minister of Public Safety, and the Solicitor General of British Columbia as defendants. According to the statement of claim, Katz alleges "Bamra embarked on a pattern of erratic physical conduct which escalated in nature."
Katz claims Bamra slammed his chest into hers and rubbed his crotch against her knee. Katz alleges her superiors refused to look into Bamra's conduct.
In commenting on the latest lawsuit, Katz is quoted by Global B.C. as saying, "All I ever wanted to do was be a serving police officer in the RCMP because I grew up in Winnipeg."
Katz is not the only female Mountie to sue the RCMP. The most prominent officer to launch a lawsuit is Cpl. Catherine Galliford who filed an action in May. Galliford was the spokesperson for the task force that investigated the murders committed by Robert Pickton. As the Toronto Sun reported, Galliford alleges she was sexually assaulted and harassed throughout her 16 year career.
Katz's latest lawsuit comes days after the RCMP announced they are investigating a member who posed for S&M pictures that were posted on the Internet.
None of Katz's allegations have been proven in court.
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