13-year fight isn’t over as B.C. man demands more compensation, Transport Canada seeks to claw back payout.
A Victoria man has been handed what he says is the biggest human rights damage award in Canada because he was denied a job as an intelligence analyst with Transport Canada on account of his depression.
Chris Hughes, 50, has received $518,000 from the agency — reduced to $353,000 after deductions.
A former customs officer, he had applied to Transport Canada to become a marine intelligence analyst at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, near Victoria, a position created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S. to protect the West Coast from seaborne terrorism.
He says he didn’t get the job after he revealed he suffered from depression. The rejection led to other failed bids for government jobs, deepened his depression and made him unable to hold down full-time work, Hughes alleges.
The payment comes one year after the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled Hughes was due the salary and benefits he would have earned — and should be given the job he applied for 13 years ago “without competition.”
But Hughes says it’s not enough.