Lorna Pardy’s 2007 visit to a Vancouver comedy club has netted her human rights damages of $22,500. I sense this is a decision we’re going to be hearing about for a long time to come.
Pardy filed a human rights complaint against comic Guy Earle and the owner of the Vancouver club (Zesty’s) at which he was performing in 2007. Pardy alleged she and her same-sex partner were “subjected to a tirade of homophobic and sexist comments” by Earle and that, as a result, she experienced harassment.
Earle denied that he discriminated against Pardy. He said that Pardy and her companions were “loud, disruptive, and heckled the comics who performed that evening, including him.”
Earle and the owner of Zesty’s applied in 2008 to have Pardy’s human rights complaint dismissed. Both applications were rejected by the Tribunal. Earle and Zesty’s appealed that decision to B.C.’s Supreme Court which sent the matter back to the Tribunal for reconsideration.