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« on: Apr 01, 2008 10:21 PM »


A salon owner accused of discriminating against a Muslim stylist because she wore a headscarf said she only gave her an interview out of pity.

Bushra Noah, 19, is suing the owner of the Wedge salon in King's Cross, north London, for religious discrimination after she failed to get a job there.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 01, 2008 11:17 PM »

interesting article. so what do you guys think? I personally think it was the owners decsion, maybe the way she wants her business running is to have her employees style their hair after all it is a hairdresser business.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 02, 2008 12:09 AM »

As salaamu alaikum

Well now, my professional area.  One, I'm going to assume that there was some sort of advertisment for the position, otherwise no one would have applied.  Giving that assumption, if the necessity of living locally and that part of the job duties included having stylist do each other's hair and have it on display were specifically mentioned in the notice, the shop owner has some issues.  If, filling the assistant stylist position was contingent upon the hiring of the primary stylist, that too should have been mentioned in the advertisement; absent that again the shop owner needs to explain. 

Since I'm certain that the interview was scheduled which means the parties spoke by phone, these other issues "distance" "hair styling display" should have been mentioned.  Clearly it would seem that the resume was submitted, reviewed, acceptable, interview scheduled and it was only after seeing the person did the shop owner come up with the lame excuses.  If such is the case, the it is indeed a matter that should move forward based on religious discrimination.  I'd be curious of all of the stylists in that shop live locally.

Even a small business is subject to the provisions of anti-discrimination laws.

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