A human rights tribunal has refused a request by a Brampton landlord to reconsider an earlier ruling that found he discriminated against his Muslim tenants by failing to accommodate their religious rights.

In April, John Alabi was ordered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to take online courses on human rights and rental housing, and pay his former tenants, Walid Madkour and his wife, Heba Ismail, $12,000 in damages.

The tribunal found the landlord failed to respect the couple's prayer times by giving enough notice before showing their apartment to prospective tenants; refusing to remove his shoes when entering the premises and especially the prayer space; and harassing them partly because of their religiously-based accommodation requests.

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