An independent board of inquiry has awarded a Nova Scotia man $15,000 after finding he was discriminated against by Correctional Services because of his disability.

The chairman of the Human Rights Commission found in February that there had been a systemic failure in the case of Michael Trask and ordered Correctional Services to undertake extensive human-rights training.

Damages were not awarded at that time.

Trask claimed he was discriminated against after he applied for a job with Correctional Services, which he said failed to accommodate his disability.

After nine days of hearings that began last March, board chairman Donald Oliver concluded that Trask had made his case.

He said there was no one person responsible for the discrimination against Trask, but instead a systemic failure.

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