Leg wax lawsuit: Muslim beautician refuses to serve transgender woman

Leg wax lawsuit: Muslim beautician refuses to serve transgender woman
A beauty salon is facing a $50,000 lawsuit after one of its employees refused to carry out a transgender woman’s hair-removal treatment on religious grounds.

The Mad Wax beauty parlour in Windsor, Ontario has been hit with a legal complaint over the incident, which happened in March.

According to CTV Windsor News, the owners of business could now be hauled in front of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

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The provincial court of Canada handles claims of discrimination. According to the filing, seen by the local news channel, a female employee refused to provide the unnamed woman with a leg-wax treatment.

The transgender woman alleges the waxing was denied “because I am a transgender woman, and their disclosing my gender identity and personal information to various media outlets has left me feeling threatened, with my rights violated.” She is reportedly seeking up to $50,000 in damages.

Mad Wax Manager Jason Carruthers has denied the company displayed discrimination, adding that the woman who refused the waxing did so because of her Muslim beliefs.

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“I once again reiterate and state my position of Mad Wax Windsor Inc. that all clients regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation are welcome,” he told the Windsor Star.

“However, we also welcome staff members and respect their religious beliefs and feelings of safety and dignity in regards to the right not to perform waxing services on males or male genitals.”

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