HALIFAX – A young black man who was allegedly shot in the back with a nail gun by a co- worker has settled a racial discrimination complaint with his employer.
Nhlanhla Dlamini, who is in his early 20s, was injured in a Sept. 19, 2018, incident on a New Glasgow, N.S., construction site that sparked protests and gained national attention.
Dlamini said he had faced racism at the work site, and has suggested an alleged nail gun incident that punctured his lung with a nearly nine-centimetre long framing nail was deliberate.
Shawn Wade Hynes, who is in his mid-40s, was charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He is also now reportedly facing a charge of assault with a weapon.
On Nov. 15, Dlamini filed a human rights complaint, alleging he faced discrimination while working for P.Q. Properties, Ltd.
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission said Tuesday that Paul Quinn, owner of P.Q. Properties, came forward to address Dlamini’s complaint through the commission’s restorative process.
It said they issued a joint statement as part of their settlement.
“By fully engaging in the commission’s restorative process the parties achieved their common goal of reaching a mutual resolution to the complaint while addressing the discriminatory actions Mr. Dlamini experienced,” it said.
“Both parties are satisfied with the result and wish to move forward with their respective future endeavours.”
The commission says the resolution includes human rights education for all P.Q. Properties employees, and the company will update its policy on discrimination and harassment.