Now that the HRTs have reserved the right to appoint university deans, I’m awaiting the inevitable order that the BCHRT has replaced me as writer of this blog with someone I’ve offended…
First: Universities beware: the Human Rights Tribunals have authority to appoint your faculty deans. When Emily Carasco, Professor of Victimology at the University of Windsor, asked the Tribunal to delay the appointment of a new Law dean while her complaint is being heard, the Tribunal denied her request but made it clear that it could make appointments – or revoke them – in the future if they saw fit.
Second: Insult a police officer, and you’ll probably only get the book thrown at you. Insult a black police officer, and you have to pay $8,000 on top of getting the book thrown at you. Inequality in the name of equality, right? But even more interesting, the police officer filed the complaint as a private citizen. So here you have a private citizen taking another private citizen to the Tribunal over an alleged racial slur, and pocketing $8,000. Let’s also take note how the Tribunal labeled the damage award (emphasis mine):
The court ordered the moral damages of $7,500 to be split between McCluskey and his former employer, the towing company. A further $2,000 charge to McCluskey for punitive damages was lowered to $500, and the tribunal advised Remorquage Sud-Ouest to begin anti-discrimination training in the workplace.
Strange, I’ve been called crazy when I said that the Commissions and Tribunals are a morality police who hand out punitive punishments.
Third: Three female employees who refused relocation orders from their employer, CN Rail, for family reasons have been awarded $15,000 for the pain and anguish of losing their jobs.