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Fired for wearing the hijab

Oumayma Bouberak lost her job at the Vieux Duluth restaurant at Place Laurier shopping centre in Quebec City this spring.

She says she wasn't fired because of stealing, tardiness or bad customer service. She says her employer told her she could no longer work there, because she wears a hijab. Oumayma Bouberak has taken her case to the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

We requested to speak with representatives from Vieux-Duluth. The local franchise owner would not do an interview, but says it was the parent company that decided to let her go, because of her hijab. The parent company MTY disputes that version of events to our Radio-Canada colleauges, but declined to do an interview. MTY also did not respond to our request for an interview. I spoke with Oumayma Bouberak in our Quebec City studio.

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