A German court has ruled that Muslim supermarket workers don’t have to stock the alcohol shelves. The irony is, Â if you don’t hire a shelf stocker because he is Muslim, he can sue you for discrimination. Heads they win, tails you lose……
A Muslim supermarket employee in Germany was sacked when he refused on religious grounds to stock shelves with bottles of alcohol. Now the country’s highest labor court has ruled that the man’s objection was justified.
Fereshda Ludin, a teacher in the southern state of Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg, sued for the right to wear the headscarf in the classroom. (source)
It’s not the first time a Muslim worker in Germany has gone to court over the right to practice his or her religion in the workplace. A number of high-profile cases in recent years have involved Muslim women who wanted the right to wear a headscarf while doing their jobs.
But the particulars of this case are unusual — and controversial: Germany’s highest labor court has ruled that a Muslim supermarket employee can refuse to handle alcohol on religious grounds.
The case in question involved a Muslim man who was employed in a supermarket in the northern German city of Kiel. He refused to stock shelves with alcoholic drinks, saying that his religion forbade him from any contact with alcohol, and was dismissed as a result in March 2008.
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Resistance is growing:
Tenessee: A proposed new state law would make following the Islamic legal code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail. (Tennessee) A dozen other states are also considering anti-Shariah law bills. Most would ban courts from citing Shariah law.
In a ruling Thursday, Germany’s Federal Labor Court confirmed that employees may refuse to perform a specific task on religious grounds. If there is an alternative task they can do which is acceptable to their religion and practical for the company, then the employer is obliged to let them do it. The firm can only dismiss the worker if there is no realistic alternative.
The man’s case is now being sent back to a lower court, which will decide if the supermarket could have given the man an alternative task to do. If so, the man’s dismissal will be declared invalid.
The case has already raised eyebrows in Germany. Media commentators have pointed out that the Koran only forbids drinking alcohol, not touching bottles. A front-page editorial in the Friday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading conservative newspaper, criticized the fact that the man had apparently only discovered his religious leanings in 2008; he had previously worked in the supermarket’s alcoholic drinks section without complaint.
‘honour killings’ & genital mutilation of MuslimÂ girls,Â assassinationsÂ & deathÂ threathsÂ againstÂ critics,Â criticsÂ underÂ 24 hourÂ protecton & cannotÂ moveÂ freely in theirÂ ownÂ country,Â segregated parallelÂ societies with ownÂ laws,Â importingÂ underagedÂ bridesÂ fromÂ countryÂ ofÂ origin,Â in-breeding & theÂ riseÂ ofÂ extremeÂ rightÂ wingÂ groupsÂ inÂ Europe.
April 2008, Cargo Apartheid:Â UK Muslim Airport Porters Refuse to Handle Israeli Luggage (and they get to keep their jobs).Â Imagine if aÂ BritishÂ JEWÂ refusesÂ toÂ handleÂ MuslimÂ luggage,Â he/sheÂ willÂ most likely getÂ theÂ sackÂ !
The deeply English, deeply Christian city ofÂ Oxford,Â UK,Â one of the homes of free thought, is now being asked toÂ accept the Islamic call to prayer wafting from mosque loudspeakers over its spires and domes