Transgender woman, Saskatoon bridal shop reach mediated settlement

September 11, 2013 - 3:13pm
Rohit Singh at the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commision on May 22, 2013. Photo submitted.
Rohit Singh at the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commision on May 22, 2013. Photo submitted.

A transgender woman and the owner of Saskatoon's Jenny's Bridal Boutique have reached a settlement after the woman was told to leave the business in April.

In lieu of settlement money for Singh, the owner has agreed to personally donate money to two local charities.

"On April 21, 2013 a business owner infringed Section 12 of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code by denying a transgender woman service. The complaint was successfully resolved after the completion of a series of mediation sessions between the parties," according to a Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) media release.

Both the owner of Jenny's Bridal Boutique and Rohit Singh were willing to participate in the mediation process, according to SHRC.

Singh filed a human rights complaint earlier this year after she was asked to leave the bridal shop for being transgender. Singh had been in the Saskatoon store to look for a wedding dress.

From India where being transgender can be life threatening, Singh came to Canada because of the country's human rights. When she was denied service at Jenny's Bridal Boutique, she was discouraged but after receiving support from the community, she decided to file a complaint.

"Typically, and where resolution involves a financial obligation, money is paid to a complainant often as a recognition of damage to dignity or, sometimes, for lost income," the media release said.

"Exploring opportunities for education, and fostering mutual understanding, are a part of an appropriate case resolution under the SHRC's re-focused mandate. Working with businesses and employers to better understand their role is an important function of the work that we do," David Arnot, chief commissioner of the SHRC, said in the statement.

The previous owner of Jenny's Bridal Boutique, Jenny Correia, is no longer with the business. The new owner declined to comment.

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