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Jewish General Hospital

Quebec, Canada: (Apr-19-07) Two ambulance technicians filed suit against the Jewish General Hospital, alleging that they suffered discrimination while trying to eat a non-kosher lunch at the hospital. One of them, Yvon Verreault, lodged a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission in February 2005 after he was asked to leave the hospital's Café de l'Atrium, where he had brought his home-made lunch. The suit claimed that he was asked to vacate the cafe because his food was non-kosher, and was not informed about alternative seating arrangements for non Jewish employees or those who preferred non kosher food. His partner Ginette Gelesko, who was with him at the time, filed a similar complaint nearly a year after the incident. The hospital maintained they were asked to leave because Verreault brought food from outside into a private cafeteria, and not because his food was non-kosher. In a settlement reached, the hospital paid $10,000 compensation as well as agreed to pay the two complainants $7,500 each. [THE SUBURBAN: NON-KOSHER DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Apr-25-07


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