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British hairdresser sued over Muslim headscarf ban


The (London) Daily Telegraph reports:

A hair salon owner is being sued for religious discrimination after refusing a Muslim teenager a job as a stylist because she wore a headscarf.

Sarah Desrosiers said she refused 19-year-old Bushra Noah the position because it was an “absolutely basic” requirement that customers could see their stylist’s hair.

The 32-year-old, whose “alternative” salon in London specialises in “urban, funky punky” cuts, has already spent £1,000 fighting the case. Miss Noah wants £15,000 ($31,000) for injury to her feelings plus an unspecified amount for lost earnings.

Miss Desrosiers, who denies any discrimination, said: “The essence of my line of work is the display of hair.

“To me, it’s absolutely basic that people should be able to see the stylist’s hair. … She added: “I now feel like I have been branded a racist.

“My accountant is Muslim. I have never discriminated against Muslims. My name is being dragged through the mud and I feel victimised.

“This girl is suing me for more than I earn in a year. I am a small business and have only had my salon a year and a half.”


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