Quebec, Canada - Jewish Hair Stylist Gets Backing Of Human Rights Commission On Civil Rights Complaint Against Montreal Shop Owner
Quebec, Canada - A Jewish hair stylist has received the backing of the Quebec Human Rights Commission in his civil rights complaint against his former Jewish employer who he claims prevented him from working on Saturdays.
MONTREALGAZETTE.com (http://bit.ly/1M8XlM2) reports that stylist Richard Zilberg is seeking some $17,500 in lost wages and damages from Montreal Spa Orazen and its Jewish owner, Iris Gressy, after Gressy suddenly prohibited him in July of 2012 from working on Saturdays—-typically his busiest day—-due to the observance of Shabbat.
Zilberg claims he had been steadily working Saturdays and had built up an impressive client base at Spa Orazen for almost a year prior to Gressy’s decision.
Zilberg was aided by the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations (CRARR) in bringing the case to the Human Rights Commission, which has now decided that there is sufficient evidence for Zilberg’s case to move forward.
“I come from a long line of Jewish people and I love my faith but it is 2015 and I can choose how I want to practise,” Zilberg said. “They took from me my choice to practice my faith as I see fit.”
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