The Human Rights Commission of the province of Quebec has ordered the Jewish General Hospital of Montreal to pay $10,000 dollars in damages to an ambulance technician who brought in non-kosher food into the kosher cafeteria of the hospital and was told to leave the premises, after refusing to stop eating.
(The Jewish General Hospital is one of only two hospitals in North America that are completely kosher; the other being Maimonides in Boro Park, Brooklyn.)
The Commission wrote in its decision that the hospital did not fulfill its obligation of reasonable accommodation and that the hospital’s actions infringed on the plaintiff’s freedom of religion not to be coerced to eat kosher food.
It should be pointed out that the hospital has a non-kosher eating section. The plaintiff claims he was never informed of it, whereas the hospital says that he was. The Jewish General is a public institution supported by public funds, and therefore there is a huge tumult going on over this issue. The hospital is now considering appealing the decision.
(Article by YW Montreal reporter)