British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal: Sorry, No Polygamists

[Vancouver Sun] The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a complaint by a polygamist couple who alleged that the teachers union discriminated against them and their religious group by calling on the provincial government to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation in Bountiful.

Duane and Susie Palmer, who are members of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, filed the complaint with the tribunal in December 2004. Duane is the superintendent of Mormon Hills School in Lister, B.C., the closest community to Bountiful in southeastern portion of the province near Creston, while Susie is a teacher there.

The Palmers alleged that three publications — a letter to the premier, a news release and petition — issued by the B.C. Teachers Federation were discriminatory on the grounds of marital and family status, and religion.

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