Muslim woman wins handshake discrimination case in Sweden

Aug 17, 2018, 07:10 IST | Agencies

Last year, Farah Alhajeh, 24, had her interview terminated when she refused to shake hands with the male interviewer due to religious reasons

Muslim woman wins handshake discrimination case in Sweden
Farah Alhajeh

A Swedish court on Wednesday night ruled that a Muslim woman receive $4,348 in compensation after a company indirectly discriminated against her for refusing to shake hands during a job interview.

Last year, Farah Alhajeh, 24, had her interview terminated when she refused to shake hands with the male interviewer due to religious reasons. She would not have had to shake hands with customers if she had been hired. In their ruling, the court declared it had been unable to determine if Alhajeh would have been hired had the interview not been cut short.

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