UNB loses bid to have hockey discrimination case tossed

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FREDERICTON, N.B. – A discrimination complaint over a decision by the University of New Brunswick to eliminate varsity women's hockey will proceed.

The province's Labour and Employment Board has ruled against the school's effort to have the complaint thrown out.

Sylvia Bryson has been fighting to have the women's hockey team reinstated as a varsity squad since filing her complaint in 2009, a year after the team was stripped of its funding and downgraded to a competitive sports club.

Bryson, who played for the team, alleges the decision to relegate the women's team constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex.

In March, the university argued Bryson didn't have a personal stake because she is not a full-time student and working in Newfoundland, and therefore wouldn't qualify to play, so her complaint is moot.

But Tuesday, the board agreed with the lawyer for the Human Rights Commission, who argued Bryson still has a year of eligibility to play and is affected by the fact there is no varsity team to try out for.

The hearings are expected to resume this fall, but no date has been set.

Organizations: University of New Brunswick, Labour and Employment Board, Human Rights Commission

Geographic location: FREDERICTON, Newfoundland

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  • voter
    July 29, 2014 - 19:45

    great what people will do to waste taxpayers money !!!!she should pay for the representaion with her own money !!!