It’s basically a shakedown racket like the Rainbow Coalition or ACORN, but — since this is Sweden — it’s actually an arm of the government. The Ombudsman is tasked with ferreting out racist, sexist, and homophobic discrimination wherever it may be found, and bringing the perpetrators to justice by fining them large sums of money — part of which is presumably fed back into the system so that the whole racket can be perpetuated.
In the past the DO has gone after the publisher who reprinted a Tin Tin book and an artificial insemination clinic which refused a fourth try at pregnancy by a lesbian couple. Needless to say, the plight of discriminated-against Muslims arises frequently, and today we have another such instance.
According to The Local:
Ombudsman Sues Firm Over Muslim Woman’s Firing
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.
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.
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According to the company, working as a cleaner requires that one wear long pants.
The woman said she was not informed about the clothing regulations and that she wore the skirt because of her religion.
According to Eva Hagström, a lawyer from the ombudsman’s office, the incident is just one of many in which Muslim women are discriminated against on account of their clothing.
“These women encounter problems in both their professional life and in connection with everyday activities. It’s an ongoing discrimination which shuts these women out and that is something we can’t accept,” she said in a statement.
Hat tip: LN.