Belgium: Woman fired for wearing veil

Samira Achbita, a 24 year old receptionist, is a Belgian-Moroccan that has worked for 4 years for Group 4 Securicor. In her work she's contracted out to another company, Atlas Copco in Wilrijk. Four months ago she decided to start wearing a veil and that did not go down well by her employers. Group 4 Securicor is an international company and though its work regulations say nothing about wearing a veil they do expect their employees to stick to "strict neutrality" and she was therefore dismissed.

Achbita has turned to her work union and to the Centrum voor Gelijkheid van Kansen en Racismebestrijding (Center for Equal Opportunities and anti-Racism)

Source: Standaard (Dutch)

1 comment:

John Sobieski said...

Very similar stories in the US. They went to the EEOC (equal employment and opportunity commission). They won against the companies.