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Canada policewomen file sex harassment class suit

OTTAWA -- More than 200 policewomen and former cops have alleged sexual harassment on the job in a class action lawsuit against Canada's federal police force, with hearings beginning on Thursday.

Hearings opened in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver to certify a suit filed in March by Janet Merlo, a 19-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as a class action, after more women came forward, said lawyer David Klein.

Multiple statements from alleged victims have appeared in the Canadian media.

According to Merlo's claim, one colleague said in front of her fiance, now her husband, "Janet is the right height because you can lay a six-pack of beer on her head while she gives you a blow job," the Globe and Mail reported.

Former Mountie Valerie MacLean told CBC that her supervisor would tell her that "if I was friendly, if we had a relationship, it would be good for my career because he was doing my assessment."

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