Former Nanaimo chief financial officer Victor Mema has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal against the City of Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Former Nanaimo chief financial officer Victor Mema has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal against the City of Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Fired former Nanaimo CFO accuses city of racial discrimination

Human Rights Tribunal expected to hear Victor Mema’s case later this year

A human rights complaint involving the City of Nanaimo and its former chief financial officer will head to a public hearing later this year.

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has scheduled a public hearing in October for a complaint launched by Victor Mema against the City of Nanaimo.

Mema is accusing the municipality of discriminating against his ancestry, race, place of origin and colour according to tribunal documents.

The hearing is set to take place between Oct. 21-25 at an undetermined location according to the tribunal’s website.

Mema told the News Bulletin he could not comment on the situation while the city could not be reached for comment.

RELATED: Nanaimo’s chief financial officer no longer with city

RELATED: Nanaimo’s chief financial officer used city purchase card for 11 personal flights

RELATED: District of Sechelt files civil claim against Nanaimo CFO

The former chief financial officer was hired by the city in September 2015 and fired in May 2018 following a two-month suspension. The city, at the time, never disclosed the reason for his suspension, but announced shortly afterward that it was conducting an independent investigation regarding allegations of “significant concern.” It was later revealed that Mema used a city purchase card to book 11 separate flights for personal use between July 2016 and September 2017.

It’s not the first time Mema has filed a human rights complaint against his former employer. In 2016, Mema accused the District of Sechelt of discriminating against him because of his ethnicity and skin colour. Mema had been employed as chief financial officer with the district between 2013-2015. The tribunal dismissed that complaint a year later.







nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

 

Just Posted

A scene from the Schoolhouse Squat from October 2018, where Alliance Against Displacement members and supporters occupied the Rutherford Elementary School site, advocating for people experiencing homelessness. (News Bulletin file)
‘Schoolhouse Squat’ activists get conditional discharge in Nanaimo school occupation

Ivan Donald Drury, Tingchun (Listen) Chen sentenced in provincial court in Nanaimo

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation elected chief councillor Moses Martin, who was also Chantel Moore’s grandfather, speaks to media in Port Alberni on Aug. 16, 2020, during a visit from NDP leader Jagmeet Singh following the police shooting of Chantel Moore. (Elena Rardon photo)
Mother of two shot by police in critical condition says Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation chief

Community ‘devastated’ by third member of 1,150-person Vancouver Island nation shot in less than a year

Condemned building of the Twin Gables Motel in Crofton is not safe and yet a teen has been climbing around on the roof while others were ripping the siding off the building. (Photo submitted)
Destructive behaviour by teens wreaking havoc on Crofton

Residents becoming fed up with the constant vandalism and fires

A fire destroyed a commercial building on Idlemore Road early Tuesday. The fire is under investigation. (Kenn Mount photo)
Early morning fire destroys new Sooke distillery

Firefighters still investigating cause of Island Shiners Distillery blaze early Tuesday

Keith MacIntyre - BC Libertarian
Penticton’s Keith MacIntyre new leader of the B.C. Libertarian Party

The Penticton businessman was voted in by members of the party on May 8

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a 'person of interest' in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
Man sought in suspicious Kootenay death found in Lake Country

Philip Toner is a person of interest in the death of Brenda Ware

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP reported to 287 mental health calls between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 1. (Black Press files)
‘It’s not the police’s responsibility to deal with mental health calls’: Vernon RCMP

RCMP remind public to take care of mental health and well-being, while better solutions are sought

Thompson Rivers University campus is in Kamloops, B.C. (KTW file photo)
Thompson Rivers the 1st B.C. university to supply free menstrual products

The university will offer the products this September

Fraser Health is using ‘targeted’ vaccination clinics in high-risk areas of the Lower Mainland. (Fraser Health photo)
B.C.’s COVID-19 decrease continues, 515 new cases Tuesday

426 seriously ill people in hospital, up from 415 Monday

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham promotes the government’s BuyBC food program in 2019. (B.C. government)
Money running out for fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in B.C. schools

‘Looking at ways to support this type of program,’ minister says

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Experts now predict 33.6% rise in B.C. home sales for 2021

BCREA economists also predict home prices to increase by 14.3%

A boat caught on fire this morning (May 11) in Port Hardy. (Adam Harding/Port Hardy Fire Rescue Facebook photo)
Fishing boat catches fire in Port Hardy, owner’s quick thinking puts out flames

The incident is a good reminder to always have a working fire extinguisher onboard your boat

Most Read