Lawyer says settlement in Catholic school board complaint may set precedent

The lawyer for a former Catholic school student who lodged a human rights complaint says the settlement is a victory for students in Catholic schools across the province.
    
Claudia Sorgini filed the complaint against the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board in 2016, alleging she was discriminated against when she sought an exemption from religious classes.
    
The case was to go before the province's human rights tribunal but was privately settled late last month.
    
Under the settlement, the board will revise its exemption policy to allow students to stay in or opt out of whichever religious programs or activities they wish.
    
Sorgini's lawyer Paul Champ says the settlement should send a message to all Ontario Catholic school boards that pressure to attend religious courses or activities is discrimination in publicly funded schools.