A female culture-enricher who was serving as a nursing assistant in Germany wanted to be exempted from washing male patients, on religious grounds. But the labor court in Mannheim didn’t buy her rationale.
Egri Nök, who translated the article for Gates of Vienna, includes this observation:
This is a short article on a trivial and extremely petty matter. But the attitude that shines through is so obnoxious that it deserves our attention.
The translated article from the independent German broadcaster N-TV:
Nursing assistant dismissed: Muslima won’t wash men
March 23, 2017
A Muslim nursing assistant refused to wash men, because of her beliefs. After just one week she was dismissed. Rightfully so, a court has decided.
As a Muslim nursing assistant refused to wash male patients, her employer dismissed her — with justification, the Mannheim labour court has decided. They refused the claim of the 40-year-old. The native of Lithuania had only been working for one week for the nursing service before she was dismissed.
“I just want to fight for my right to work,” the woman declared, before she sat down in the courtroom. She has been living in Germany for three years, and all she wanted was to integrate, she said. She had studied medicine in Lithuania, but had no work permission for Germany. That is why she is making ends meet as a nursing assistant and housekeeping helper.
She does not understand why such a large company cannot show consideration for the fact that her religion forbids her to wash men. Judge Sigrid Bouwhuis stresses: “You may exercise your religion freely. But you cannot expect conjuring tricks to suit you at your workplace.”
So she has to play by the rules. Besides, there is no protection against dismissal in the six-month trial period. And as the woman filed the complaint against her dismissal a day too late, the complaint was inadmissible in any case.