The Law Society of Upper Canada must produce up to 10 documents and/or video footage to a black member of the society who alleges he was discriminated against by a security guard when he attempted to enter the LSUC building last July, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled.
In an interim decision in Pieters v. Law Society of Upper Canada, Michael Gottheil, executive chair of the HTRO, agreed with the appellant, Toronto lawyer Selwyn Pieters, that a variety of documentation should be produced to him by Ontario’s Law Society pertaining to his apprehension by a security guard when Pieters entered the Law Society building that day, the seizing of his membership card, and Pieters’ subsequent experience in the Law Society building.
As previously reported in Law Times, Pieters was stopped by a security guard on July 5, 2016 when he tried to enter the Law Society building with an intern to give the latter a tour. He told Law Times that he presented his LSUC membership card to the guard, although the card had expired. The guard then took the card from him and denied him access to the building until he had obtained a new one on the premises. After doing so, Pieters gave his intern the planned tour.