The CSIS have been sued for workplace misconduct against the employees for up to $35 Million Dollars. The allegation stems from 5 employees who claim that the CSIS supervisors encourage discriminatory behaviours which they describe as Islamophobic, racist and homophobic.
In the statement of claim, the plaintiffs state the breach of their rights under the Canadian Right and Freedom by the CSIS. They are seeking compensation for non-pecuniary general damages, pecuniary damages, and punitive damages amounting to $35 million dollars in damages.
In the statement of claim, the employees argue that they were dedicated to their job but were harassed, and discriminated against. The ignorant treatment of minorities, they claim, had become the culture of the work environment and was accepted even by the management division.
Emails sent by managers of the organization which were shared with one of the plaintiffs, who is gay and Muslim, display an abrasive work environment, which support the employee’s claim. In one exchange, a manager writes “…can’t believe you sent me a gay guy to the airport. He wants to make everything pretty around the office.” However, the plaintiff comments that this intolerant attitude was a sampling of his everyday treatment in the workplace.
When confiding in their colleagues for help, many suggested to ‘let it go’, again showing the lack of action taking by the CSIS to prevent prejudiced behaviours. Although the proof of discrimination, none of the allegations against the CSIS have been proven in court.
A statement has been issued by the CSIS director stating “I would like to reinforce that, as an organization, CSIS does not tolerate harassment, discrimination or bullying under any circumstances. The Service’s values and ethics must be reflected in all of our behaviours and decision-making, and reflect the CSIS Employee Code of Conduct principles of respect for democracy, respect for people, integrity, stewardship, and professional excellence.”
The lawsuit is currently pending and no further advancement in the case had been supplied.