10/23/2013 12:37 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Janet Merlo launches book on alleged RCMP harassment

A woman originally from Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a book about sexual harassment and discrimination she allegedly faced while in the RCMP.

Janet Merlo, who spent 20 years in uniform, said working for the national police force quickly went from being her dream job to a nightmare, adding it destroyed her mental health, while her personal life disintegrated.

Merlo said she wrote  to help people who are facing similar abuse in the workplace.

"I hope that anyone who is being bullied and harassed at work, whether it's within a police organization or any organization, that they can find their voice to come forward and speak up," said Merlo.

"And anyone who is bullying would realize the effect that they're having on anyone they're ... they're intimidating." 

Merlo is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit against the RCMP. The suit alleges widespread harassment and gender-based discrimination.

The book launch took place Wednesday in St. John's.