Nancy Arias fought the law, but the law hasn't won yet.
The former RCMP officer says she's been through nearly a decade of harassment, legal confusion and complaints processes, only to be told that the system cannot help her. Now she's before a federal court, trying to force the Human Rights Commission to hear her case.
Judge Glennys McVeigh heard arguments from Arias and in Federal Court last week. The issue before her is a technicality in the system: under the Human Rights Act, the Commission does not have the power to investigate a complaint about an act that occurred more than a year prior.
The issue stems from a long-time conflict between Arias and one of her coworkers, who accused Arias of assault and forcible confinement. The accusations proved untrue, but the employee continued on at RCMP and continued to harass Arias on a daily basis, she says.
She says the harassment began in 1998, and continued until 2006, when she was encouraged to retire from the RCMP. Her complaint before the Commission did not come until 2011, when she discovered that option was available to her.
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Justin Ling is an Ottawa journalist who covers law and politics.