Sacha DeWolfe was asked to leave her eyebrow waxing appointment at Avalon SalonSpa in Fredericton, NB in February because her five month-old son was with her. Lennon was sleeping quietly in his car seat, but spa owner Peggy Jewett insisted that children are not allowed in the spa for safety reasons.
Jewett told CBC news “There’s hot wax, there’s sharp tweezers, there’s a whole bunch of things,” she said. “Even when you’re doing a pedicure and you clip a nail, like, nails fly. I mean, we’ve had people get nails in their eyes. You know, things happen. It’s a legit safety thing.” She also added that other clients expect and deserve the quiet service that they are paying for, along with soft music, dimmed lights, etc. and that crying babies or children fidgeting would disturb this.
DeWolfe is on maternity leave and has limited child-care options, so her son goes most places with her; she’s now filed a complaint with the N.B. Human Rights Commission. New Brunswick is the only province that does not protect against discrimination under the Human Rights Act on the grounds of ‘family status’, and legislation is now under review.