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Sweden: Woman wins discrimination case after being fired for wearing headscarf

April 12, 2024 at 9:14 am

Swedish flag in Malmo, Sweden [Harry Engels/Getty Images]

Sweden’s Equality Ombudsman yesterday ruled in favour of a Muslim woman who complained that she faced discrimination for wearing a headscarf.

“An airline company that does not allow religious symbols and implements a uniform dress code policy dismissed a woman without employing her for wearing a headscarf, even though her job application was accepted, which is discrimination,” Lars Arrhenius said in a statement.

“Equality in the labour market and freedom of religion should not conflict with the interests of the employer. However, in such a balance, freedom of religion should prevail,” he added.

Consequently, it ordered the airline to pay the woman 150,000 Swedish Krona ($13,982) in compensation.

The woman filed a complaint with the Ombudsman last year on the grounds that she faced discrimination.

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