Christian Worker Bullied by Muslims at Work

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: April 11, 2013

After defending a Christian colleague at work last year, some of Mrs. Halawi's Muslim colleagues complained to managers with unsubstantiated claims about her conduct. As a result, the management removed her ‘airside pass’ without properly considering her side of the story. This meant she was unable to keep working at the airport. Mrs. Halawi said that she had frequently been bullied by her Muslim colleagues for her Christians faith.

The Employment Tribunal found that Mrs Halawi was not technically employed, so she had no protection under employment law – even though she had worked at the airport for 13 years. The legal defender of Mrs. Halawi, Mr. Diamond, argued before the courts that according to European law Mrs. Halawi should be recognised as an employee and should be protected from discrimination at her working place. Mrs. Halawi was requested by the operators of the duty free shop to form her own company of which she would be the only one employee. That is why she was not officialy employee of the duty free shop although her relationship to the duty free shop was de facto a relationship of employment. However, the court of appeal ruled in October 2014 that Mrs. Halawi had no employment protection rights including the right of protection against harassement and religious discrimination.   
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We thank the Christian Legal Centre for reporting and for legally defending Mrs. Halawi.