Malmö: Sports club sued for rejecting woman with headscarf

A sports club in Malmo is being sued for 50,000 kroner in damages by the Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination (DO), for refusing access to a woman with a headscarf.

The woman was prevented from doing aerobics and spinning at a gym visit two years ago. According to the club's rules at the time, headgear was banned for safety reasons, also because caps aren't allowed in international sport.

DO claims that the club treated her unfairly because she was a religious Muslim and demands they pay damages for insult.

The issue will be decided by the Malmö court.

Newspaper Sydsvenskan writes that the club's rules now allow headgear in gym training.

Source: DN (Swedish)

See also: Sweden: Man loses benefits after refusing to shake hands, agency sued, Malmö: Compensation for niqab bus incident

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