As in other provinces, employment discrimination claims in Nova Scotia are taking too long to resolve. So on Jan. 1, 2012, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission began a new system to speed up the process.
How New Process Works
From now on, most discrimination claims will be resolved via a new process called a Resolution Conference. There are 5 steps:
Step 1: When a complaint is first filed, a date is set for all parties involved or affected by the dispute to get together.
Step 2: The Resolution Conference is held at which all parties can express their views.
Step 3: Acting as mediator, the Commission helps the parties work out a solution and write up a settlement agreement.
Step 4: If the sides can’t reach a settlement, representatives of the Commission create a report setting out their recommendations based on information from the Resolution Commission and send it to the Commissioners.
Step 5: After receiving the report, the Commissioners decides whether to dismiss the complaint or send it to a Board of Inquiry for further proceedings.
See the Commission’s website for more details, http://humanrights.gov.ns.ca/node/77