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Woman refused barber shop haircut says her human rights have been violated

by | 17th, November 2012

FAITH McGregor (woman) wanted her hair cut like a “businessman” at the Terminal Barber Shop. But Omar Mahrouk, co-owner of the barbers in Toronto, Canda, declined. He said that to cut Faith’s hair went against his Muslim faith. He would only cut hair of a female relative. Unless Ms McGregor was willing to offer her hand before her head, the deal was off.

She cries foul:

“Fundamentally, my hair is the same as their male clients, so why would they have a problem with that. I felt like a second class citizen, like it was hard to hear that they refused and there was no discussion.”

So. She went somewhere else? No. She filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. It’s illegal to discriminate based on gender. Mahrouk says it’s a religious matter. His lawyer says, rather pathetically, he’s only trained to cut men’s hair .

You wonder if McGregor

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