Dhinsa court date delayed again

Community Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

A $24 million lawsuit over the handling of sexual harassment complaints against Hamilton police sergeant Kevin Dhinsa by 12 women colleagues has hit another delay.

A planned hearing date on Monday was cancelled when the judge wasn’t available, pushing possible new dates to Monday, Tuesday or Thursday of next week, said Helen Pelton, lawyer for two of the plaintiffs.

The 11 officers and one civilian – identified only as Jane Does in court documents – are each seeking $2 million in damages from the Hamilton police services board, its lawyer and Police Chief Brian Mullan for their alleged negligence in dealing with 24 disciplinary charges related to their harassment complaints.

“It’s just subject to the availability of a judge,” Ms. Pelton said of the next hearing date, which will consider a motion by the defendants to dismiss the suit.

A tribunal quashed Sgt. Dhinsa’s Police Services Act charges in February 2007, ruling they had been filed eight days after a statutory six-month deadline – a decision both sides tried unsuccessfully to overturn in the courts.

Filed last December, the lawsuit alleges the defendants were negligent in failing to provide a harassment-free workplace and investigate and lay police act charges in a timely manner against Sgt. Dhinsa, who has been on paid leave since November 2005.

The defendants want the case tossed out, arguing the women are precluded from civil action because they have other avenues of redress, including a grievance procedure through their police association.

Efforts to get the lawsuit heard in court were first delayed in April, when the case was adjourned because 10 of the women dropped Ms. Pelton as their lawyer.

Superior Court Justice James Turnbull “reluctantly” agreed to a second adjournment on June 8 because the women had only hired their new counsel, Toronto human-rights lawyer Julian Falconer, the previous week.

Dhinsa court date delayed again

Community Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

A $24 million lawsuit over the handling of sexual harassment complaints against Hamilton police sergeant Kevin Dhinsa by 12 women colleagues has hit another delay.

A planned hearing date on Monday was cancelled when the judge wasn’t available, pushing possible new dates to Monday, Tuesday or Thursday of next week, said Helen Pelton, lawyer for two of the plaintiffs.

The 11 officers and one civilian – identified only as Jane Does in court documents – are each seeking $2 million in damages from the Hamilton police services board, its lawyer and Police Chief Brian Mullan for their alleged negligence in dealing with 24 disciplinary charges related to their harassment complaints.

“It’s just subject to the availability of a judge,” Ms. Pelton said of the next hearing date, which will consider a motion by the defendants to dismiss the suit.

A tribunal quashed Sgt. Dhinsa’s Police Services Act charges in February 2007, ruling they had been filed eight days after a statutory six-month deadline – a decision both sides tried unsuccessfully to overturn in the courts.

Filed last December, the lawsuit alleges the defendants were negligent in failing to provide a harassment-free workplace and investigate and lay police act charges in a timely manner against Sgt. Dhinsa, who has been on paid leave since November 2005.

The defendants want the case tossed out, arguing the women are precluded from civil action because they have other avenues of redress, including a grievance procedure through their police association.

Efforts to get the lawsuit heard in court were first delayed in April, when the case was adjourned because 10 of the women dropped Ms. Pelton as their lawyer.

Superior Court Justice James Turnbull “reluctantly” agreed to a second adjournment on June 8 because the women had only hired their new counsel, Toronto human-rights lawyer Julian Falconer, the previous week.

Dhinsa court date delayed again

Community Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

A $24 million lawsuit over the handling of sexual harassment complaints against Hamilton police sergeant Kevin Dhinsa by 12 women colleagues has hit another delay.

A planned hearing date on Monday was cancelled when the judge wasn’t available, pushing possible new dates to Monday, Tuesday or Thursday of next week, said Helen Pelton, lawyer for two of the plaintiffs.

The 11 officers and one civilian – identified only as Jane Does in court documents – are each seeking $2 million in damages from the Hamilton police services board, its lawyer and Police Chief Brian Mullan for their alleged negligence in dealing with 24 disciplinary charges related to their harassment complaints.

“It’s just subject to the availability of a judge,” Ms. Pelton said of the next hearing date, which will consider a motion by the defendants to dismiss the suit.

A tribunal quashed Sgt. Dhinsa’s Police Services Act charges in February 2007, ruling they had been filed eight days after a statutory six-month deadline – a decision both sides tried unsuccessfully to overturn in the courts.

Filed last December, the lawsuit alleges the defendants were negligent in failing to provide a harassment-free workplace and investigate and lay police act charges in a timely manner against Sgt. Dhinsa, who has been on paid leave since November 2005.

The defendants want the case tossed out, arguing the women are precluded from civil action because they have other avenues of redress, including a grievance procedure through their police association.

Efforts to get the lawsuit heard in court were first delayed in April, when the case was adjourned because 10 of the women dropped Ms. Pelton as their lawyer.

Superior Court Justice James Turnbull “reluctantly” agreed to a second adjournment on June 8 because the women had only hired their new counsel, Toronto human-rights lawyer Julian Falconer, the previous week.