Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Prevost ruled last week that Sikh truck operators in the province must don hard hats when required on the job.
Three Sikh gentlemen working at the Port of Montreal believed that their religious beliefs gave them licence to wear a turban instead of a helmet in the workplace.
Their lawyer, Julius Grey, claimed that their right to wear a turban was protected by the country’s charter.
Prevost ruled that the risk of injury and death still exist if a worker wears a turban instead of a hard hat.
Grey said “we’re living in a world of moral panic about danger,” in response to the outcome.