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B.C. court says it can’t hear Richmond fire fighter’s harassment claim

February 2007 - B.C. - Harassment and discrimination claims from a female fire fighter against the City of Richmond and several of her colleagues have been thrown out of B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.

December 14, 2007
By Fire Fighting in Canada

February 2007 – B.C. – Harassment and discrimination claims from a female fire fighter against the City of Richmond and several of her colleagues have been thrown out of B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.

Justice Brian Joyce ruled his court doesn’t have the jurisdiction to hear Jeannette Moznik’s allegations that she suffered personal injuries, nervous shock and depression because of the actions of her co-workers.

Joyce ruled that the woman’s sexual discrimination allegations are directly related to her employment and can be dealt with through her union’s arbitrator.

The judge noted Moznik’s complaints are connected to her working conditions and are covered by the Human Rights Code.  Moznik’s statement of claim alleges a series of harassment with a sexual theme from her male co-workers.
She alleged the City of Richmond failed to stop the harassment and even fostered a culture of discrimination against its female fire fighters.

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The fire department has been rocked by allegations from four female fire fighters that they have been victims of sexual harassment and other forms of harassment from male colleagues.