Amsterdam – A muslim woman who refused to have an interview of a man’s hand shake, 3800 euros in damages received.
Handenschudden refuse can bring in money in Sweden.
Farah Alhajeh (24) applied to work as a translator in the Swedish Uppsala when she refused the hand shake of the man with whom she was. Instead, she explained, as a greeting, her hand on the heart. The company broke the application process down.
Alhajeh was for the court defended by the Swedish ombudsman. According to that ombudsman is a hand on the heart are also acceptable forms of personal interaction.
The Swedish labour court found that Alhajehs refusal to shake the hands protected by the European human rights convention. The obligation to handschudden adversely affect the interests of muslims.
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