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BC Human Rights Tribunal awards damages to former forestry worker

Last Updated Jul 17, 2019 at 10:33 pm PDT

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WEB – VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A forestry worker who was denied a job with the B.C. government four years ago has won a discrimination case at the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

Bryan Fraser has been awarded $25,000 after he says he was discriminated against because of his political beliefs about logging on Haida Gwaii, which used to be known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.

In 2015, Fraser received an offer of employment after spending time out of the province.

However, the employment offer was rescinded after the Ministry of Forests learned he had previously harvested trees that were considered culturally important.

Fraser had worked on Haida Gwaii in the 1990s and 2000s.

The Ministry argued Fraser had failed to report he was under investigation by the Forest Practices Board.

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In awarding compensation, tribunal member Catherine McCreary says Fraser should not be re-instated, but he should be compensated for a loss of dignity by the hiring process.

Fraser may be entitled to additional damages, depending on a submission of expenses.

The full ruling can be found here.