A Muslim woman is taking her estate agency employers to an employment tribunal, alleging that she was ordered to remove her black hijab.
The un-named woman had been working at Harvey Dean in Bury for nearly a year.
A complaint filed at the Manchester Employment Tribunal says she was told that moving from a back office into public view meant “that it would be in the best interest of the business for her to change the colour of her hijab, due to the supposed terrorist affiliation with the colour black”.
The woman said she was not prepared to change her hijab for the reason given.
The following day she refused again at a meeting with the male manager who allegedly brought coloured hijabs into the office for her to wear instead.
The woman, a sales negotiator, resigned the following week.
She is now arguing that the company discriminated against her on the basis of both religion and gender.
The case will be heard at Manchester Employment Tribunal on July 20.
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