Jan. 28, 2020

Law students represent complainant at Human Rights Tribunal, and win

Third-year students Aaron Marchadour and Julie Ward represented the complainant as part of Pro Bono Students Canada - Calgary's Human Rights Project.

In the case Salazar v J.S.L. Investments Corporation, 2020 AHRC 8, the complaint alleges discrimination in the area of employment on the grounds of mental disability under section 7(1)(a) of the Alberta Human Rights Act (the Act).The respondent, a dental clinic operating as JSL Investments Corporation, filed a response on July 22, 2013, denying such discrimination.

In the January 14 decision from Duncan Marsden, the Tribunal Chair, made the following comment:

"I pause at this stage to thank the complainant’s and the respondent’s representatives for their conduct throughout the hearing. I would note, in particular, that the complainant was represented by two students, Julie Ward and Aaron Marchadour. Both provided a significant amount of their own personal time, as I understand it, on a pro bono voluntary basis and I wish to take this opportunity to applaud their service to the community. I encourage them to continue to be active in pro bono initiatives, throughout their respective legal careers." 

Find out more about PBSC Calgary's Human Rights Project.