MONTREAL — A Montreal family of Filipino origin is rejoicing over its victory in a school-cafeteria dispute that ate up a lot of money and time.
“Hopefully it’s all over and we can move on,” Maria-Theresa Gallardo said Saturday of a Quebec Human Rights Tribunal ruling that awarded her, and son Luc Gagadoc, $17,000 in damages for how the boy was treated over his eating habits at Ecole Lalande in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.No kidding. 17 Gs just because someone made fun of your table comportment? I'd say that, all things considered, it's an exceptionally good pay day. Like winning the lottery without even having to buy a ticket.
“Of course we’re happy (with the ruling), but we just hope (the school board) won’t appeal,” Gallardo said, referring to the Margeurite Bourgeoys School Board.
Even though the award is less than the $24,000 sought in moral and punitive damages in the claim of racial and ethnic discrimination, Gallardo said she is still pleased with the amount...