The owner of a north Edmonton shoe repair store says the reason he refused to serve a woman wearing a burka was motivated by safety, not religious or cultural reasons.
The owner of the store says they have “a no-mask policy in the store” and that his staff were simply following protocol. In fact, there is a hand-written sign at the counter saying “Please, for security reasons no facial coverings. Thank you” with a silhouette of a head wearing a balaclava.
A burka is a traditional dress worn by some Muslim women covering everything except the eyes.
The Alberta Human Rights Act says shop owners or salespeople have to provide the same service to anyone, regardless of a number of characteristics including race, religion, place of origin and ancestry to the point of “undue hardship.”
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