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Resolution reached in human rights complaint against PQ Properties


Nhlanhla Dlamini speaks at a rally outside the Labour Department office on Barrington Street in Halifax on Oct. 19. Nhlanhla was shot with a nail gun by a co-worker and the rally was held to protest anti-black racism in the workplace. (Ryan Taplin/ Staff)
Nhlanhla Dlamini speaks at a rally outside the Labour Department office on Barrington Street in Halifax on Oct. 19. Nhlanhla was shot with a nail gun by a co-worker and the rally was held to protest anti-black racism in the workplace. (Ryan Taplin/ Staff) - Ryan Taplin

A resolution has been reached in a human rights complaint filed by Nhlanhla Dlamini against PQ Properties.

The complaint was filed on Nov. 15, two months after Dlamini was allegedly shot in the back with a nail-gun by a co-worker.

Shawn Wade Hynes is currently facing criminal charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon causing bodily harm.

His election or plea hearing is scheduled for March 25.

In the weeks leading up to the incident, which occurred on a PQ Properties worksite in Abercrombie, Dlamini says he experienced racially charged harassment by Hynes.

A press release from the Human Rights Commission explains that both Dlamini and PQ Properties owner, Paul Quinn addressed the complaint through the commission’s dispute resolution process.

“The Commission facilitated a meeting of the parties to the complaint to better understand what happened and the harm that was caused by this workplace incident,” HRC spokesperson, Jeff Overmars told The News in an email.

“Through this process the parties reached a mutual resolution to address the discrimination Mr. Dlamini experienced.”

As a result, all employees with PQ Properties will undertake human rights education, and the company will update its policy on discrimination and harassment.

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