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.
Forestry worker awarded $25K after losing #BC govt job in 2015. Bryan Fraser complaint based on offer getting rescinded due to his "political beliefs" about logging #HaidaGwaii. BC Human Rights Tribunal member says he may be entitled to more $ once expenses submitted. @NEWS1130
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) July 18, 2019
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However, the employment offer was rescinded after the Ministry of Forests learned he had previously harvested trees that were considered culturally important.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.
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.