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Not Allowing Employees to Work on Sabbath = Religious Discrimination

Despite strong religious beliefs, a 54-year-old Jewish hairdresser chose not to observe the Sabbath. In fact, of the 6 days a week he did work, Saturdays were his busiest and enabled him to build his clientele. So when the salon owner, also Jewish, banned employees from working on Saturdays, the hairdresser objected. An ugly argument ensued and the owner fired him on the spot. The hairdresser claimed that the owner was imposing his religion on him. The Human Rights Tribunal agreed and awarded him $12,500, including $6K in lost earnings, $4K in moral damages and $2.5K in punitive damages [Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Zilberg) c. 9220-3454 Québec Inc. (Spa Liv Zen (Spa Orazen)), 2017 QCTDP 13 (CanLII), June 27, 2017].

Bongarde Editorial

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