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Employment law: There is no place for racial discrimination

Following a work-related back injury, a 45-year-old husband and father of two in British Columbia is without work, and must support himself with a cane to walk. The former sheet metal worker recently decided to go public with his struggles and the alleged discriminatory behaviour of a WorkSafeBC staff member.

Reportedly, the back injury occurred on the job back in 2017. The worker says his medical benefits and compensation for lost wages have already run out, and he is struggling to care for his family. WorkSafeBC entered him in the Vocational Rehabilitation Services program by which injured workers are assisted with securing employment that will accommodate their injuries. However, this man has not managed to secure another job, and believes his case manager is trying to force him to return to the same type of work he performed prior to his injury, despite being unable to do so as a result of his physical limitations.

The man says he ultimately decided to go public after he recorded a conversation in which she told him not to wear his baseball cap to an interview because it makes him look too dark. She further explained that he appears much lighter if he does not wear the hat.

Any British Columbia workers who believe their human rights are being violated by government bodies might find comfort in knowing that they can seek the advice and guidance of an experienced human rights law lawyer. Legal counsel can assess the circumstances and suggest the most appropriate way to proceed. With the support of a lawyer, workers need not feel overwhelmed by the prospect of legal proceedings.

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