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Harassment case settled before ruling

A sexual harassment complaint was settled before a judgment could be rendered.

A sexual harassment complaint was settled before a judgment could be rendered.

An employee of the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville launched a complaint with the Human Rights Commission. The man, whose name is banned from publication, said his co-workers and supervisor harassed him over six years because of the perception of his sexual orientation.

The commission reported yesterday the matter was settled and the agreement “does not address financial compensation.”

Before it was settled, board chair Cheryl Hodder heard evidence that the complainant participated in the harassment. The employer reported managers believed since the complainant participated, it was not an offence.

“The commission pointed out that the complainant was trying to fit in as a way of avoiding further harassment and questioning of his sexuality so his participation was therefore not true consent,” was written in the commission’s release yesterday.

As part of the settlement, the Waterville institution must work on its practices and services with the Human Rights Commission.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Correctional Services on training their staff in the area of human rights,” said Krista Daley, CEO of the Human Rights Commission.

 
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