Sweden’s ombudsman for ethnic discrimination (DO) has sued a cleaning company after it dismissed a Muslim woman for not dressing appropriately on the job.
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In a suit filed with the Labour Court, the ombudsman is demanding the company pay 120,000 kronor ($18,500) in damages.
The woman was hired in October 2007 to work as a cleaner for the company, which is based in Anderstorp in southern Sweden.
But after working for only a few days, the woman was let go.
The company claimed she was fired because her choice of clothing, a long skirt, made it impossible for her to continue with the job.
According to the company, working as a cleaner requires that one wear long pants.
The woman said she
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