City Agrees To End Fight Against Former Trucker
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 21, 2006
REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--The City of Regina announced this week that it would not fight a court's order to pay compensation and damages for discriminating against a former truck driver because of his cerebral palsy.
Gary Kivela, 57, worked part-time driving truck for the city beginning in 1982.
According to CBC News, Kivela quit in 1998, after he had been passed up several times for full-time, permanent positions. Two years later he filed a complaint against the city, claiming that city officials treated him unfairly.
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled on April 5 that the city had discriminated against Kivela, and directed it to compensate him for his job loss and emotional suffering. The city was given 60 days to appeal the lower court's decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, but decided instead to settle with Kivela.
A Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission panel had heard testimony that Kivela's coworkers would sometimes mock the way he spoke and make fun of the fact that he used a cane.
Kivela said he did not ask the court to order the city to hire him, because his health has deteriorated, primarily because of arthritis.
A city official told CBC that settling with Kivela would likely cost several hundred thousand dollars.