Muslim student wins discrimination suit after school forces her to eat pork

The unidentified culinary student said that school officials forced her to violate her faith.

May 13, 2015 04:18
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Muslim woman (illustrative). (photo credit: REUTERS)


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A culinary school in Denmark was found liable for violating a Muslim student's rights after forcing her to eat pork.

The student, whose has not been identified, was told by school officiasl that she would have to eat the food she cooked like her other classmates, the Danish newspaper Politiken reported.

Pork is considered to be a forbidden food, or "haram", in the Islamic tradition and practitioners of the religion abstain from consuming the animal.

The student claimed during the case that she was the victim of discrimination based on religious grounds. The complaint against the school was originally filed with the Equal Treatment Board.

The native born Libyan student, who was taken to Denmark when she was still a baby, had been attending the Holstebro Culinary School when the incident occurred.

The student's refusal to eat dishes containing pork prompted officials to insist that she at least taste the food the class had prepared.

The unidentified student recorded the conversation and later submitted the tape into evidence during litigation.

As a result, the school was ordered to pay the student $75,000 in damages, which was then appealed at the Danish High Court which upheld the original claim handed down by the Equal Treatment Board but reduced the damages to $1366.

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