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Last Updated: Friday, 21 January, 2005, 19:23 GMT
Denmark rejects headscarf plea
Danish Muslims
Denmark's Muslims represent the second largest religious group
Denmark's Supreme Court has ruled that a supermarket chain had the right to fire a young Muslim woman for wearing an Islamic headscarf to work.

The woman, who worked as a cashier in the supermarket, claimed damages for discrimination and wrongful dismissal.

But the court said Dansk Supermarked chain was allowed to fire the woman who had signed a contract which banned headgear in front of customers.

Twenty-seven-year-old Najla Ainouz was dismissed from her post in 2001.

A supermarket spokesman said the company wanted the appearance of its employees to be in line with its political and religious neutrality.

The court accepted that the company had a right to specify the appearance of its employees and that this outweighed their individual right to wear religious garments.

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