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Quebec, Canada - Jewish Hair Stylist Gets Backing Of Human Rights Commission On Civil Rights Complaint Against Montreal Shop Owner

Published on: November 12, 2015 09:10 AM
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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.

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“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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 Nov 12, 2015 at 09:34 AM anonymous613 Says:

Baalei Teshuva business owners beware.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 09:44 AM Boochie Says:

Why was the store open on shabbis it strikes me as a double standard

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 11:32 AM Anonymous Says:

How sad that this guy has no idea there is no bracha in money he makes on Shabbas.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 11:32 AM PowerUp Says:

Not surprisingly, the human rights group is ready to defend a jew, but of course when its to bring down someone who is even more jewier.

On a diffrent note, if its true that those are baalie tshuva owners, we ought to give them a lot of chizuk for what's happening to them now.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 11:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Let him be and do his work as he sees fit. They hired him and allowed him to build his client base working on Shabbos. Now they want to change the rules and impose the owner's hashkafah on him with the result he will lose much of his parnassah. Either pay him the lost wages or let him work.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 01:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Let him be and do his work as he sees fit. They hired him and allowed him to build his client base working on Shabbos. Now they want to change the rules and impose the owner's hashkafah on him with the result he will lose much of his parnassah. Either pay him the lost wages or let him work.

It is their business if they decide to close the store on shabbos they owe no one.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 01:51 PM judith Says:

Like the U.S., Canada has laws to protect all forms of religion, and one must not get involved in anyone's belief system

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 03:35 PM shvigger Says:

I don't understand. Isn't the store closed on Shabbos?

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 03:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Let him be and do his work as he sees fit. They hired him and allowed him to build his client base working on Shabbos. Now they want to change the rules and impose the owner's hashkafah on him with the result he will lose much of his parnassah. Either pay him the lost wages or let him work.

Lets see...you are reform..reconstructionist...open orthodox...athiest..which one...? Just wondering...nothing personal,of course!
A gut shabbos.
A gut chodesh

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 04:16 PM Oyvey Says:

VIN here only presented part of the story. I saw elsewhere that the owner works in the store on shabbos also. So that would make a difference. I'm sure that there's even more to the storyI
Too often media present only part of a story thereby distorting the whole story. This is an example of that.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 04:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Look at the actual story as reported in the Montreal Gazette. The owner has a bit of a different story. Incidentally, the owner works on shabbos, and his complaint is "If you can why can't I ?"

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