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Sobeys to apologize, compensate Andrella David in racial profiling case

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FILE: Sobeys store. Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press

Sobeys said Friday it will apologize to Andrella David, who filed a human rights complaint against the grocer in 2009 for discrimination, saying she’d been falsely accused of being a known shoplifter at a store in Tantallon.

Sobeys said in a release it will also withdraw its appeal of the August 2015 human rights commission decision, which found there was no evidence David had tried to steal anything from the store and concluded racial profiling was a factor in the confrontation.

Sobeys said as part of the terms of a settlement that’s been reached between the grocery store chain and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC), the company will give David compensation along with the apology.

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In addition, Sobeys will “develop staff training as agreed with the NSHRC” and look at how to incorporate training on racial profiling across its network.

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Sobeys’ previous appeal of the human rights commission’s decision incited a downward spiral of protests and even a boycott of the grocery chain by the African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia.