HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION -Shubenacadie Man Receives CompensationFrom Human Rights Inquiry A human rights board of inquiry has ruled in favour of aShubenacadie man who alleged that his employment was terminatedbecause of his physical condition. Dwayne McLellan alleged that his employment at MacTara Limited inUpper Musquodoboit was terminated because of his physicalcondition. Mr. McLellan has a degenerative disc disease. The chair of the board of inquiry, Donald Murray, ruled thatMacTara Limited had terminated Mr. McLellan’s employment as awood room cleaner after he was diagnosed with the degenerativedisc because they perceived he would not be able to perform hisjob adequately. Mr. Murray said the company’s action isprohibited by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. He ordered MacTara to give Mr. McLellan a letter ofrecommendation and to pay general damages of $1,000, plus $200for expenses incurred. The chair also ordered the company tocompensate Mr. McLellan for income lost between April 17 and Oct.1, 2000. Boards of inquiry are the final stage in the human rightscomplaint process. They are independent, public hearings intocomplaints of discrimination.