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Clothing store bosses fined over headscarf sacking
Helsinki District court has fined managers at a Helsinki clothing retailer for discriminating against an employee on the basis of religion. They received 20 day-fines for sacking a Muslim worker who was told she should not wear a headscarf.
The new worker, who had been hired on a one-month contract, was fired on her first day at work when managers realised she wore a headscarf. She had been hired over the phone, and told to turn up wearing a t-shirt and denim overalls.
The store manager forbid her from wearing the headscarf in the store, and after discussing the matter with a senior manager fired the new employee.
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