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Human Rights Tribunal Ruling from Quebec: Accommodating The Use Of A Seeing-Eye Dog

Date added: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quebec's Human Rights Tribunal recently awarded $7,605 in damages to a blind massage therapist whose employer refused to allow the use of a guide dog in the workplace.  This decision is unique in that it is one of the few addressing the use of guide dogs in workplace scenarios -- most of the existing reported case law has to do exclusively with access to public places from the customer's point of view.

Norton Rose Fulbright has published a summary of the decision which outlines the situation and the reason such damages were awarded.

A complete copy of the decision (in French) is available also available via CanLII at Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse c. Spa Bromont inc., 2013 QCTDP 26

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