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Hayes v. Barker

The BC Court of Appeal upheld a decision by the BC Human Rights Tribunal to accept a human rights complaint for filing. Peter Hayes brought a complaint against the Vancouver Police Department alleging that a VPD officer had denied him a chauffeur’s licence because Mr. Hayes engages in “BDSM” sexual behaviour. The BCCLA intervened at both the BC Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal to argue that the Tribunal should be afforded the opportunity to consider whether a restrictive interpretation of the sexual orientation would infringe fundamental rights.