Quebec's top court agrees to hear appeal of controversial secularism law

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No date for the hearing has been set, but Quebec's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal on behalf of groups who want key parts of the province's secularism law suspended.

One of the lawyers representing a national Muslim organization, a civil liberties group and a university student who wears an Islamic head scarf says it is rare for a judge to grant leave to appeal a lower court's decision denying an injunction.

The applicants claim the law that prohibits some public sector workers from wearing religious symbols at work causes serious harm to religious minorities.

They are asking for an immediate stay of the central components of the law while their full legal challenge is heard.

The applicants have asked the Quebec Court of Appeal for an accelerated hearing and their lawyer says she hopes the case will be heard as soon as possible.