District of Vanderhoof vs. former staff member case closed

A disagreement between the District of Vanderhoof and a former staff member is settled out of court this summer.

The District of Vanderhoof office is located on Connaught Street.

The District of Vanderhoof office is located on Connaught Street.

A disagreement between the District of Vanderhoof and a former staff member, previously scheduled to be heard by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal on June 20, is settled out of court this summer.

In her wrongful dismissal suit filed March 25 this year and her complaint filed to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the district’s former economic development officer Erin Siemens argues that she was suddenly dismissed for her perceived political beliefs, rather than simply due to the closure of her department as she was told.

Withdrawing her human rights claim, Siemens is paid $11,000 in lost wages by the District of Vanderhoof, according to information requested under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The district stated that both parties have agreed to not comment on the result. Siemens could not be reached for comment.