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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:30 PM
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BMI told stewardess to wear Muslim robe

A BRITISH air stewardess was sacked for refusing to fly to Saudi Arabia after she was ordered to wear a traditional Islamic robe and walk behind male colleagues.

Lisa Ashton, a 15,000-a-year stewardess with BMI, was told that in public areas in Saudi Arabia she was required to wear a black robe, known as an abaya. This covers everything but the face, feet and hands. She was told to follow her male colleagues, irrespective of rank.

Ashton, 37, who was worried about security in the country, refused to fly there, claiming the instructions were discriminatory. She was sacked last April.

Its not the law that you have to walk behind men in Saudi Arabia, or that you have to wear an abaya, and Im not going to be treated as a second-class citizen, Ashton said last week.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6169989.ece
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 01:37 PM
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1. Good! When people have stupid beliefs, they need to be called on it
And you know my stance...all religions have stupid beliefs.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:10 PM
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2. Shame on BMI. Good for Ms. Ashton.
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dustbunnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:14 PM
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3. I like this woman's attitude. Good for her.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 02:32 PM
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4. Good for her.
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burning rain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 03:22 PM
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5. Proud of her.
Damn tired of this pandering to religious primitivism.
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:19 PM
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6. Not clear if it was this year or last year
The UK unemployment compensation system decisions tent to be all over the map, but have ofter supported muslims when they claimed discrimination. Wonder what they will do here to BMI.

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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:25 PM
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8. Interesting question
A reverse angle might be a Muslim who refused to take off similar clothing that wasn't consistent with a company's choice of uniform.

What sort of reasonable accomodations would be expected?
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:19 PM
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7. Deleted - Dup
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 04:19 PM by ProgressiveProfessor

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