Long story short: “Woman converts to Islam. Begins wearing hijab at work. YMCA seeks accomodation, and asks her to wear a ‘burkini.’ Woman files a complaint with the Human Rights commission.” Say that again without laughing.
[Canadian Press] A Montreal lifeguard has filed a human rights complaint against a local YMCA after the club told her she couldn’t wear her hijab on duty.
The 21-year-old woman has been swapping her traditional Muslim headscarf at the poolside for a “burkini,” a swimsuit that covers everything but the face, hands and feet.
The Montreal YMCA said the hijab puts lifeguards at risk from the grabbing hands of panicked swimmers in rescue situations.
The report said the lifeguard, who converted to Islam last September, has been working at the Y for three years.