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Canadian Teacher Fired for 'Not Being Black Enough' Awarded Compensation

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A Canadian teacher has been awarded $10,200 in a racial discrimination suit after being fired from her position with the Black Educators Association (BEA) in Nova Scotia. 

According to the Daily Mail, Rachel Brothers was fired from the position more than eight years ago, and she officially filed a complaint in 2008. Last week, however, Chairman of the Board of Inquiry at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Donald Murray ruled that Brothers had been unfairly discirminated against due to the color of her skin.

Murray's report claims that a subordinate of BEA named Catherine Collier was instrumental in undermining Brothers because "she was younger than, and not as black, as Ms. Collier thought Ms. Brothers should be." Collier ultimately took over Brothers' job. 

Brothers is biracial, but she claims that her superiors at BEA accused her of "colorist" thinking, or assuming that individuals with lighter skin are in a more advantageous position to obtain jobs and other opportunities. The BEA was established to serve Nova Scotia's African population. According to 2011 census data, 20,790 black individuals currently reside in the province.  

Despite these claims, the BEA has maintained that skin color had nothing to do with Brothers' dismissal. The organization cites "financial irregularities" as the reason Brothers was fired, but the Human Rights Commission found no evidence of that claim. As a result, the BEA has been ordered to compensate Brothers for damages and lost income. 

Suorces: Daily Mail, Statistics Canada


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