A 21 year-old woman who works at the YMCA in Montreal has been permitted to wear a “burquini” as a lifeguard at a local sports complex. The young woman had filed a complaint with the Human Rights Board when the centre refused to allow her to wear a hijab when working at the pool. Previously the pool complex had installed tinted glass windows to accommodate women’s requests for privacy. The centre’s administration decided that the burkini, a headscarf made of polyester materials that cover the hair completely, would be the best alternative.

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