October 20, 2014
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Sweden's unemployment agency has been found guilty of discrimination for expelling a Muslim man from a job training program because he refused to shake hands with a woman.
A Stockholm court Monday ordered the Public Employment Service
to pay 50,000 kronor ($6,700) in damages to an immigrant from
Bosnia who lost his jobless benefits when he was kicked out of the
Citing his faith, the man had refused to shake hands with a
woman when he was interviewing for an internship. The agency said
his behavior was part of the reason he didn't get the position, and
decided to exclude him from the program.
The court ruled that the man was discriminated against because
of his religion. It wasn't immediately clear whether the ruling
would be appealed.
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