A British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a complaint filed by a Vancouver lawyer who alleges his former employer asked him not to bring his male partner to a firm social event, and that he remove references in his online firm bio to involvement in the Canadian Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity group.
On July 6, 2016, Brian Yuen filed a complaint against Direction Legal LLP and one of its partners, Bonnie O.Y. Teng, alleging discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status and race, contrary to s.13 of the Human Rights Code. The allegations were related to events Yuen said occurred in July 2014.
The tribunal indicated to both Yuen and Direction Legal that the complaint was filed outside the six-month time limit in B.C. and requested submissions on its timeliness. The Code provides that a complaint must be filed within six months of the alleged contravention.