A bus technician in Halifax has been awarded almost $600,000 after the chairwoman of the province’s human rights commission ruled that he worked in poisoned work environment where widespread racial discrimination was tolerated.
According to a published report, the former employee of the Halifax Transit garage was awarded $593,417.
CTV reports that the man, who is not named due to a publication ban, filed the complaint with the human rights commission in July 2006, saying he suffered from trauma due to the hostile workplace.
“It is my hope that the monetary award will send a clear message to (the municipality) and its supervisors of what their legal obligations are under the Human Rights Act to investigate and address potential violations,” Connors wrote.
The complainant is white, but his wife is African Nova Scotian, and black and Indigenous co-workers also suffered under the actions of a former co-worker.
Bruce Evans, the mechanic’s lawyer, had sought the maximum amount awarded under Canadian law for general damages, $367,000, and another $1.053 million in lost earnings and pension.