Hijabi hairstylist’s £30k tribunal battle

    A headscarf-wearing Muslim stylist as started a _34,000 employment battle with her pink-haired salon owner accusing her of “blatant” religious discrimination. Bushra Noah, 19, is claiming that amount in compensation after being turned down for a job at the Wedge salon, which specialises in “urban, edgy and funky” cuts. Owner Sarah Desrosiers, 32, said she faces financial ruin if she loses the case. But Noah argued: “I know my punk from my funk and my urban from my trendy. “The fact that I wear a headscarf does not mean that I cannot assist in an alternative form of hairdressing. It is essential to my religion and is non-negotiable. I have been wearing it from the age of 13 and I had never suffered from such blatant discrimination until I visited Miss Desrosiers.” Noah, who is British-born and lives in Acton, West London, admitted she had been turned down by other salons since the interview in March last year, but denied she had been rejected for up to 25 jobs. She told a tribunal in central London how her interview at Wedge, at King’s Cross, left her devastated. She said: “Miss Desrosiers looked at me in shock. She asked me if I wore my headscarf all the time and I explained that I did. She asked me if I ever took it off and I said that I only took it off at home.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=F77AA76CE97B5A0B197A6B6E&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

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