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For Immediate Release

TORONTO - Today the Black Class Action released the harrowing story of Karen Marie Dickson, a former crown attorney who faced significant discrimination, racism and hardship during her time at the Canadian Department of Justice.

Sadly, we know that Karen’s story is not an isolated incident. For too long, Black employees have been the victims of systemic racism within the Department of Justice and within the Public Service more broadly - Nicholas Marcus Thompson, Black Class Action Secretariat

Enough is enough. Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Racism, we are calling on the Government of Canada to launch a formal independent workplace audit into how Black employees (past and present) are treated at the Justice Department. This investigation must include a set of concrete recommendations for addressing systemic racism and discrimination within this department. Now is the time for our government to step up and commit to protecting all current and future Black workers.

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