Comedian, Vancouver restaurant ordered to pay for insults against lesbian
VANCOUVER — The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal on Thursday ordered a Toronto comedian and a Vancouver restaurant owner to pay a Vancouver woman $22,000 for hurling a vile torrent of sexual insults at her and her same-sex partner during a comedy show almost four years ago.
Standup comedian Guy Earle has been ordered to pay $15,000 to Lorna Pardy, 32, who filed the complaint after she and her lesbian partner were taunted at Zesty's Restaurant on May 22, 2007.
Restaurant owner Salam Ismail has been ordered to pay her $7,500.
Pardy filed a complaint in 2007, claiming she was discriminated against on the basis of her sex and sexual orientation in contravention of the Criminal Code. She said Earle directed homophobic and sexist insults when she was a patron, and he was the master of ceremonies at an open mic comedy show at the restaurant.