Adventure company discriminated against Christian job applicant, must pay $8,500: B.C. rights tribunal

VANCOUVER — A mysterious wilderness adventure tour company discriminated against a job applicant because of her Christian faith and must pay $8,500 for injuring her “dignity and self respect,” the ruled Wednesday.

launched her human rights complaint after receiving a string of vitriolic responses to a job application she sent Victoria-based two years ago, in a case that made headlines around the world.

Amaruk offered on its now-defunct website “assistant guide internship” positions. It also claimed annual revenues exceeding $10 million, access to military-grade aircraft and more than 200 employees around the world. Inexplicably, the Amaruk website featured photos of bare-chested young men posing outdoors and grappling in Viking-themed settings.

The company’s CEO was Christophe Fragassi, also known as . A native of France who lives near Victoria with a male partner, Fragassi is a “Walter Mitty-type character,” his former landlord told the National Post.

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With a number of purported Amaruk colleagues based in Norway, Fragassi rejected Paquette’s 2014 job application, according to documents filed at the tribunal. In emails accompanying the rejection notice, Amaruk slammed Paquette’s Christian background and education; Paquette had noted in her job application that she

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