The policy of the lounge and library is only lawyers and law students are permitted to use the facilities, paralegals and members of the public are not. There were a number of other individuals in the lounge who had been unknown to the librarian at the time, including two white women (the lawyer and a Human Resources Manager from Peel Police), a racialized man who self-identified as South Asian (lawyer for the Human Rights Commission). These individuals were neither questioned nor asked to produce their identification.  The incident was unnecessary and humiliating. The Law Association and Ms. Firth were accused of racial profiling.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found that Pieters and Noble rights to be free from racial discrimination were violated under the Human Rights Code in that their race and colour were factors which led to Ms. Firth’s decision to question them and affected the manner in which she questioned and interacted with them. It ordered the Peel Law Association to pay compensation of $2000.00 respectively. The Divisional Court overturned that decision ordering Pieters and Noble to pay $20,000.00 in legal costs to the Peel Law Association and Ms. Firth.
There are four intervenors arguing in this case:
Ontario Human Rights Commission,
South Asian Law Association and
B'Nai Brith Canada
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Pieters v. Peel Law Association, 2010 HRTO 2411 (CanLII) — 2010-12-03
Peel Law Association v. Pieters, 2012 ONSC 1048 (CanLII) — 2012-02-13
Selwyn A. Pieters, B.A. (Toronto), LL.B. (Osgoode), L.E.C. (U.W.I). Lawyer & Notary Public (Ontario). Attorney-at-Law (Republic of Guyana and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago). A significant portion of Selwyn's work involves representation of persons in racial discrimination / harassment / profiling cases in the Federal and Provincial Courts and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Selwyn has appeared at all levels of courts, including the Ontario Court of Appeal in Freeman-Maloy v. Marsden 267 D.L.R. (4th) 37, 208 O.A.C. 307 (C.A.); Bangoura v. Washington Post(2005) 202 O.A.C. 76, (2005) 17 C.P.C. (6th) 30 (Ont.C.A.), the Federal Court of Appeal in The Honourable Sinclair Stevens v. The Conservative Party of Canada,  F.C.J. No. 1890, 2005 FCA 383 and Supreme Court of Canada in Attorney General of Ontario v. Michael J. Fraser, et al., 2011 SCC 20. His current cases include the competing rights case of Taylor-Baptistev. Ontario Public Service Employees Union, 2012 HRTO 1393 that is at the reconsideration stage at the HRTO; Roachet al. v. Canada 2012 CarswellOnt 7799, 2012 ONSC 352 (ON S.C.) which is a constitutional challenge to the oath in the Citizenship Act. Selwyn is also acting as co-counsel for the families of three deceased persons killed during a civil demonstration in Linden, Guyana.