Former OPP employee to taking racism allegations to Human Rights Tribunal
Man says he was racially discriminated in the workplace
By Sarah Frank
May 18, 2012 – 9:52 AM
(PETERBOROUGH) A former OPP employee is taking complaints of racism in the workplace before the Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto.
Michael Jack, a Russian Jew, claims his co-workers and management at the Peterborough detachment of the OPP used his racial background against him, forcing him to resign in the final month of his 12-month probation.
The Canadian immigrant, who speaks with a thick accent, claims his co-workers referred to him as “Crazy Ivan”, a derogatory nickname which he says circulated throughout the detachment. Mr. Jack also says he was deprived of regular performance evaluation meetings and developmental opportunities, among a long list of allegations detailing his unfair treatment in the workplace – for which he says he’s got written documentation.
On December 15, 2009, Mr. Jack says he was released from his job based on his failure to meet the requirements of a probationary constable.
According to Mr. Jack, he graduated from the Ontario Police College in Aylmer with a 91.6 cumulative average and was the recipient of the 100 per cent Ontario Police Fitness Award – which was only awarded to 1 per cent of the recruits.
Mr. Jack’s extensive work experience begins in Israel, where he worked in the Israeli Navy and with the Israeli Merchant fleet. From there, Mr. Jack began working for Intel Electronics Ltd., completing some of job training in the US.
In 2000, he immigrated to Canada, and spent five years studying and working at Trent University in Peterborough.
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