A tribunal has upheld a Worker Healthy and Safety Board decision to stop compensation payments to a Muslim woman who refused to remove her veil for a doctor's examination.
Bouchra Berrada suffered a broken wrist and injured shoulder in 2012, while on the job as a daycare worker.
Her doctor gave her a note attesting to the fact that she could not work.
Nine months later, the CSST ordered the woman to submit to an examination by one of their doctors.
When the doctor asked her to undress and remove her veil she refused.
La Presse reports that the doctor offered to bring a nurse in to act as a witness for the examination but the woman refused again, so he refused to sign off on the examination citing his need to carry out a proper medical examination.
The CSST Commissioner ruled that the woman hampered the review by refusing to remove her veil after implicitly agreeing to undergo an examination to verify the injury.
Without commenting specifically on the case, Dr. Yves Robert of the Quebec College of Physicians said a thorough diagnosis is an essential part of a medical evaluation.
"When we have to do a physical examination, we have to be in the best conditions to do so," he says. "If it's not possible to have a visual examination of some parts of the body, it could be difficult to finalize a diagnosis."
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