Officials to apologize to former firefighter over alleged discrimination

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HALIFAX — Municipal officials in Halifax will offer an apology today to a former firefighter who waged a 12-year battle against what she says was “systemic” gender discrimination.

Liane Tessier said last week that a settlement was reached with the city after years of complaints about abusive and disrespectful behaviour from her male counterparts.

Tessier says the settlement includes financial compensation and a commitment from the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency service to implement eight policy changes that she suggested.

She says the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is to monitor to ensure the fire service is abiding by the policies.

The 53-year-old first complained in 2005 about gender discrimination at the Herring Cove fire station, alleging that she was ostracized and subjected to “malicious gossip” after she spoke out.

She said she formally complained to management and was referred to a human relations consultant who “minimized and denied” all harassment claims.

The Canadian Press