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Free Press: New Brunswick woman with young baby says she was denied spa service

May 5, 2016 — 

As the Winnipeg Free Press reports:

A New Brunswick woman says she was shocked when staff at a local spa said she couldn’t bring her five-month-old son to an appointment, and says the province’s Human Rights Act needs an upgrade to address similar cases of discrimination.

Still, the director of the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba, says restricting children from going places with their parents has been found to be discrimination on the basis of family status in cases across the country. “I get my nails done all the time and my eyebrows done all the time and no salon I’ve ever been to have denied kids the ability to come with their parents into a salon,” Karen Busby said.

She said the question for the spa is, “Is there a reasonable and bone fide reason to deny kids to be able to come into the place?”


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