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March 21 Toronto John Damien, fired […]




March 21 Toronto John Damien, fired from his job with the Ontario Racing Commission for being gay, filed a wrongful dismissal suit for $350,000 in damages against the Commission in the Supreme Court of Ontario. Damien filed another suit for $1 million in punitive damages against officials of the Ontario Jockey Club, the Commission, and the Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations, claiming that they had injured him at his trade. Damien also sought payment of his legal fees and a court order demanding his reinstatement. His lawyer, Harry Kopyto, also began preparing a brief to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, asking the Commission to expand its definition of "sex" in the Ontario Human Rights Code to include sexual orientation. (see also September 1975.)

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September Toronto The Ontario Human […]February 7 Toronto John Damien was […]

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Harry KopytoJohn Damien

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Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial RelationsOntario Human Rights CommissionSupreme Court of OntarioOntario Racing Commission

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M.R. (Michael Riordon), "Damien Suit Asks $1,350,000," Gay Rising 1 (April 1975): 1."Race Steward Sues for Job," Advocate (Los Angeles), no, 165 (1975), p. 13;Ken Popert, "Damien Sues for Rights," Body Politic, no. 18 (1975), p, 7;"Homosexual Sues over Firing," Toronto Star, Saturday ed,, 22 March 1975, p. A2;"Damien Fights Back with $1,350,000 Suit," Gay Times 1 (May 1975): 2;