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Dec 1, 2007

Teamsters Local Union 847 and the CAIR-CAN file complaint of religious discrimination on behalf of female Muslim airport worker

The Teamsters Local Union 847, represented by James Robbins and Jo-Anne Pickel, and the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) have filed a human rights complaint challenging discrimination against a female Muslim airport screener who was suspended without pay for wearing a skirt longer than the one supplied with her company’s uniform.

The Teamsters Union and Garda World Security Corp. have agreed on an interim solution until the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) evaluates its policy on uniforms to bring it into compliance with its human rights obligations. CATSA, a federal agency, sets the regulations for to screeners’ uniforms and objected to the longer skirt which the employee wore for religious reasons.

Click on the following links to read press coverage of the case:

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=dfb5c4ae-1601-4af0-9c43-c9037e292516

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/278596

http://www.thestar.com/article/277882

http://www.thestar.com/article/277286

For additional information, contact James Robbins or Jo-Anne Pickel.

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