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Muslim girl World Health Organization Refused shake and so Suffered Discrimination Wins Court Case

A Swedish labor court has dominated that a translation company should pay a Muslim girl forty,000 kronor, or around $4,500, in discrimination compensation, when she aforesaid her interview was stop workingupon her explaining she wouldn't shake a male worker's hand for non secular reasons.

Farah Alhajeh aforesaid she placed her turn over her heart rather than extending it to a male boss at the Semantix offices in her town of Uppsala. The 24-year-old told the the big apple Times that she explained to him she avoided physical contact due to her Muslim religion.

Alhajeh had been hoping to land employment as associate interpreter with the corporate when the could2016 interview. Instead, she aforesaid she was escorted to the elevator, the interview suddenly over.

"As before long as I ought to the elevator, I cried," she told Swedish news channel SVT. "It had ne'erhappened to ME before."

For its half, Semantix argued that it's a defender of gender equality and will not rent someone World Health Organization would themselves discriminate supported the gender of the person seeking a shake.

But Alhajeh told the BBC she respects Sweden's gender equality and therefore doesn't shake anybody's hand.

"I haven't got any physical contact with men or with girls," she said. "I will live by the principles of my faithand additionally at identical time follow the principles of the country that I sleep in."

Ultimately the court in agreement, ruling that whereas the corporate was right in its insistence upon gender equality, it couldn't enforce it by imposing handshakes. Alhajeh's right to refuse the shape of salutation on non secular grounds, the court aforesaid, is protected by the ecu Convention on Human Rights.

The labor court aforesaid in an exceedingly statement, as printed by the days, that Alhajeh "adheres to associate interpretation of Islam that prohibits shake with the alternative sex unless it's a detailed member of the family."

Sweden's Equality investigator had haunted her case. The workplace told the BBC that the ruling had properly weighed "the employer's interests, the individual's right to bodily integrity, and also the importance of the state to take care of protection for non secular freedom."

After the choice, Alhajeh told the broadcaster that it had been vital to "never provide in" once defensiveone's beliefs.

"I believe God, that is incredibly rare in Sweden ... and that i ought to be able to do this and be accepted as long as i am not symptom anyone."

It is not the primary time non secular and cultural norms in Europe have clashed round the issue of handshakes.

In 2016, 2 Muslim schoolboys in Suisse found themselves the topic of international headlines for refusing to greet with their academics as is customary there.

In that case, however, education officers dominated that the importance of land custom outweighed the boys' non secular objections, and also the boys were needed to shake their teachers' hands.

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