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Chapter 22 of the Statutes of British Columbia
Human Rights Act

Human Rights Act, Part 3, Section 17


Disposition of complaints

17. (1) Where a board of inquiry considers that a complaint is not justified, it shall dismiss the complaint.

(2) Where a board of inquiry considers that a complaint is justified, it

(a) shall order the person who contravened this Act to cease the contravention and to refrain from committing the same or a similar contravention,

(b) may make a declaratory order that conduct of the type complained of, or similar conduct, is discrimination contrary to the Act,

(c) may order the person who contravened this Act to do one or both of the following:

(i) take steps, specified in the order, to ameliorate the effects of the discriminatory practice; pattern or practice that contravened this Act, and

(d) if the person discriminated against is a party to the proceedings, may order the person who contravened this Act to do one or more of the following:

(i) make available to the person discriminated against the right, opportunity or privilege that, in the opinion of the board,, the person was denied contrary to the Act;

(ii) compensate the person discriminated against for all, or a part the board determines of any wages or salary lost, or expenses incurred, by the contravention;

(iii) pay to the person discriminated against an amount the board of inquiry considers appropriate to compensate that person for injury to dignity, feelings and self respect or to any of them.

(3) A board of inquiry may make an order as to costs it considers appropriate.

(4) Where an order is made under subsection (2) (a), (c) or (d) or (3) or section 14 (1) (d) (ii), the council or the person who was discriminated against and in whose favour the order is made may file a certified copy of the order with the Supreme Court and on being filed the order has the same force and effect, and all proceedings may be taken on it, as if it were a judgement of that court.

[1984-22-17, 1989-40-102; 1992-43-11, effective July 13, 1993 (B.C. Reg 238/92)]

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