A federation representing 45,000 Quebec teachers is taking the government to court over Bill 21, accusing the province of violating the fundamental rights of teachers across the province.
The Nov. 6 lawsuit, first reported by The Associated Press, is the latest court challenge of the Quebec government’s controversial legislation, which bans certain public sector workers from wearing religious symbols at work.
It’s the first lawsuit against Bill 21 by a teachers union. The law, passed in June, already faces court challenges from the English Montreal School Board and a group of civil rights and religious advocates.
Sylvain Mallette, president of Federation autonome de l’enseignement, said his organization filed the latest suit because the Quebec government is “weakening the rule of law.”