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The Future of Civil Rights?

Published by on July 19, 2011

A post on Overlawyered caught my attention this morning.  It was about a “language rights” case in Canada.  Read on after the break. The Canadian National Post reports: The Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday ordered Air Canada to pay $12,000 to Ottawa French-language rights crusader Michel Thibodeau in part because when he asked an […]

A post on Overlawyered caught my attention this morning.  It was about a “language rights” case in Canada.  Read on after the break.

The Canadian National Post reports:

The Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday ordered Air Canada to pay $12,000 to Ottawa French-language rights crusader Michel Thibodeau in part because when he asked an English-speaking flight attendant for 7Up in May 12 of 2009, he got Sprite.

“The applicants’ language rights are clearly very important to them and the violation of their rights caused them a moral prejudice, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of their vacation,” Justice Marie-Josee Bedard wrote in her judgment.

“It is also my opinion that awarding damages in this case will serve the purpose of emphasizing the importance of the rights at issue and will have a deterrent effect.”

Air Canada was also ordered to apologize to Mr. Thibodeau and his wife Lynda.

They lost me when they awarded damages for “loss of enjoyment of their vacation.”

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