UBC apologizes after sex discrimination complaint from male coach

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A former UBC women’s soccer coach who was fired a day after it was announced he had received the job says it should be a lesson to everyone to stand up for what you believe in.

The University has issued a letter of apology and settled out of court– after Marc Rizzardo filed a BC Human Rights Complaint based on discrimination.

“I strongly think that if people think they are not treated properly, I think they need to pursue that.”

Marc Rizzardo was let go in December 2012 after the University received complaints about the hiring process– some were also concerned a man was hired to coach a women’s athletic team.

Rizzardo dropped his human rights sex discrimination complaint after resolving the dispute.

A hearing before the BC Human Rights Tribunal was slated for October 6.

“I am satisfied to the point that I pursued the principles I was looking for. This result now shows that I was right to pursue it.”

In the letter obtained by CKNW, UBC Vice President of Students Louise Cowin says Rizzardo was treated unfairly and apologizes for any embarrassment he suffered.

Rizzardo is now a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Medicine at UBC and coaches a men’s soccer team at Langara College.

 

Read the full apology letter here:

Apology Letter From UBC to Marc Rizzardo

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