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Former Halifax firefighter to have discrimination case heard in full by board


HALIFAX – A former Halifax firefighter will have her gender discrimination complaints heard in full by a human rights board of inquiry.

Kathy Symington alleges she experienced more than 16 years of discrimination and harassment on the job.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Symington said the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission only agreed to take her case forward based on the denial of a top-up payment during maternity leave. However, Symington argued her complaint as a whole included issues of gender, disability and retaliation.

On Wednesday, Symington said she received an email from the commission stating it was referring her entire complaint to a board of inquiry.

Symington says she’s pleased her case will be heard by the independent board, and she hopes it evokes change and provides closure.

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