Wednesday, April 02, 2008

British Tribunal Considering Muslim Hair Stylist's Discrimination Claim

This Is London today reports on an interesting religious discmination case being heard by the Central London Employment Tribunal. Sarah Desrosiers runs Wedge, a hair salon that specializes in "an alternative form of hairdressing, which is ultra-modern and may be described as urban, edgy and funky." Derosiers wants her employees to wear the type of hair styles the salon offers. Now Derosiers is being sued by a Muslim woman, Bushra Noah, who was turned down for a stylist's position because she covers her hair with a headscarf for religious reasons. Desrosiers says she was not discriminating on racial or religious grounds; she would object to any kind of head covering worn by an employee.