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Muslim Mum Told to ‘Wear Tighter Clothes’ Wins Nearly £30k Payout

A Muslim shop worker has won nearly £30,000 after she claimed her boss threw rotten fruit at her and told her to wear “tighter clothes”.

The Muslim woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, started working for Engin Babur at Elisa Organic and Whole Foods in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, in June last year.

The employee won her claim for sex harassment at the London Employment Tribunal and has now been awarded £27,715.56, Express reported.

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In a witness statement, the woman said: “Whilst working at the shop, no day went by without Babur shouting at me accusing me of something, slamming a door, banging a fist or throwing rotten fruit.

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“He claimed I was trying to take over the shop and said I am the worker and should do as I am told. He said I was a worker, nothing else because I am nothing else, just a piece of s**t.”

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The Muslim woman also claims he brandished a knife in her face during a row over corn on the cob and mimicked her Cockney accent before telling her to “speak posh” to customers.

“He snatched it out my hand and threw it in the bin. He was working in the kitchen and had a large knife in his hand,” she said.

He also waved the knife in her face and told her: “I don’t like this scarf covering your body, take this off, take your cap off too.

“Put some make-up on your face and wear some nice tight clothing.”

A research published last month in the peer-reviewed Ethnic and Racial Studies journal, confirmed the existence of a “Muslim penalty” in the employment market that discriminates against Muslims.

Even Muslims employed usually face discrimination in workplace.

Recently, a June 2022 survey of 1,503 UK Muslims by Savanta ComRes for online platform Hyphen found 69% of UK Muslims currently in employment said they had experienced some form of Islamophobia at work.