Toronto, ON (Canadian Press) – An ex-RCMP cadet who claimed he was rejected from the force because of discrimination should be admitted back into the training program and be compensated for his suffering.
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in favour today of Ali Tahmourpour, a 33-year-old Muslim who dreams of being a Mountie. The Tribunal ordered the RCMP Tuesday to pay up for lost wages and pain and suffering.
The police force was also ordered to take steps to improve its policies related to visible minorities and beef up its cultural sensitivity training.
Tahmourpour says he was harassed as a cadet at a Mountie training academy in Regina in 1999.
He complained a superior officer made comments about a pendant he wore as a symbol of his faith.
He had completed just 14 of his 22 weeks of training before he was terminated.