A veteran Ottawa police officer has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against the Ottawa Police Service and Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.
In his detailed complaint, Vietnamese Canadian Khoa Hoang, 37, alleged that racial discrimination prevented him from advancing in his career.
He said that he was put through an "emotional roller coaster" and battled "severe emotional distress" during a review of his conduct, where he said his race was used against him.
Hoang has called out Bordeleau, detailing that the police chief did not address his complaints of harassment that he was enduring from other senior members of the force.
The lawyer representing him, Elie Labaky, said his client's case represents an ongoing issue in policing.
"Race is sometimes a factor, and it just has to be a factor in the decision making process. The public needs to know that this is happening," Labaky expressed, "Generally speaking, this is not a new concept. But racial discrimination is not black and white. Racial discrimination is very much grey."
Before Hoang's case goes before the Human Rights Tribunal, the defendants, the Ottawa Police Service and Chief Bordeleau, will have a chance to respond to the allegations.