Cashier, supermarket fight over headscarf

3rd January 2006, Comments 0 comments

3 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — A Muslim cashier at a supermarket in the Dutch city of Tilburg took a case to the Equality Commission on Tuesday claiming the headscarf the company has issued her is "unbearable".

3 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — A Muslim cashier at a supermarket in the Dutch city of Tilburg took a case to the Equality Commission on Tuesday claiming the headscarf the company has issued her is "unbearable".

The woman claimed that the Nettorama supermarket is guilty of discrimination on religious grounds by issuing her with the heavy scarf.

A spokesperson for the Equality Commission said the woman decided one day she wanted to wear a headscarf at work.

As the headscarf she chose was not in the company colours, she was suspended from work for a short time while an industrial clothing manufacturer created a scarf to match the uniform.

Contrary to Nettorama's instructions a scarf supplied was not 100 percent polyester. "The cloth is now made from very thick material," the spokesperson said. "The woman feels it is unacceptable to wear the scarf and therefore she believes she is being discriminated against."

The hearing was told it will take 13 weeks to create another scarf.

The commission decided not to deliver a judgement on the dispute. Instead, it asked both parties to sit down together to try to reach a solution. This is the first time such a case has come before the commission.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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