Muslim hairdresser awarded £4K in scarf row

    In a judgement that can have far-reaching ramifications, a British employment tribunal panel has awarded 4,000 pounds to a Muslim teenage hairdresser as compensation for _injury to feelings’ after she was declined a job for wearing a headscarf. Dismissing the claim of a religious discrimination put by 19-year-old Bushra Noah, the tribunal upheld her complaint of indirect discrimination, media reports said on Tuesday. In its judgement on Monday, the tribunal said it accepted Noah had not been treated differently because of her Muslim headscarf, but that it doubted there was as severe a risk to the business by employing someone wearing a head covering as the owner believed. Noah, who lives in Acton, west London, was called for an interview in May last year by Sarah Desrosiers, owner of Wedge salon in King’s Cross, central London.

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