A Hijab-wearing airport worker has been awarded £10k as court rules sanctioning was illegal
The Muslim woman, a Spanish citizen of Moroccan descent whose identity has not yet been revealed, was also awarded £3,800 in unpaid wages.
In his ruling against ground handling company Acciona Airport Services, the judge said wearing the Muslim headscarf – the hijab – to work was the young woman's "constitutional right," before adding that her "right to religious freedom" had been unfairly "violated" by her employers.
The young Muslim works as an airline service passenger assistant at Palma de Mallorca airport
Spain's constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion, and states that a religious woman can wear the Islamic headscarf to work, even if it is not part of her work uniform.
The young Muslim works as an airline service passenger assistant at Palma de Mallorca airport, and has worked for Acciona Airport Services since 2007.
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She reportedly asked her manager if she could wear the hijab to work in December 2015, and he initially agreed, before adding that he would have to check with his boss in Madrid – which is where the firm's headquarters are located – before giving her the go-ahead.
Initially approved, her request was then denied by Acciona Airport Services, who said that the hijab was "not part of their corporate uniform" and looked "unprofessional".
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The judge ruled against Acciona Airport Services saying it was the woman's 'constitutional right'
The woman nevertheless refused to take her veil off at work, and received seven written warnings: Acciona Airport Services went as far as withholding her salary for "grave misconduct".
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Acciona Airports Services did not immediately respond to a request for comments, Le Figaro said.