FREDERICTON — A New Brunswick woman is calling for changes to the province's Human Rights Act because she says a spa discriminated against her when staff said she couldn't bring her five-month old son along to an appointment.
Sacha DeWolfe wanted her eyebrows waxed but says she was told by staff at one of the Avalon SalonSpa locations in Fredericton that she couldn't bring the infant into the spa for safety reasons.
Messages seeking comment from the spa were not immediately returned.
New Brunswick is the only province that doesn't have family status as a grounds of discrimination under the Human Rights Act, but a lawyer for the Human Rights Commission says it is being considered for the next update of the Act.
Still, Karen Busby, the director of the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba, says restricting children from going places with their parents has been found to be discrimination on the basis of family status in cases across the country.
DeWolfe says she's not filing a human rights complaint and is surprised by comments on social media saying she is in the wrong for raising the issue.
Jordi Morgan, Atlantic vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, says businesses with specific policies should make sure those policies are clearly posted.
The Canadian Press