Private business should have the right to hire and fire employees based upon how well they fit into their business, as they see fit, not the state. Lessoned learned here in Finland, never hire anyone over the phone, and when a hijab wearing woman enters the door asking for a job, smile, take her information and tell her that she’ll be notified in the mail.
Helsinki District court has fined managers at a Helsinki clothing retailer for discriminating against an employee on the basis of religion. They received 20 day-fines for sacking a Muslim worker who was told she should not wear a headscarf.
The new worker, who had been hired on a one-month contract, was fired on her first day at work when managers realised she wore a headscarf. She had been hired over the phone, and told to turn up wearing a t-shirt and denim overalls.
The store manager forbid her from wearing the headscarf in the store, and after discussing the matter with a senior manager fired the new employee.
The defendants denied that their decision was discriminatory, saying that a scarf that ensured only the worker’s face was visible did not fit the company’s brand. That view was not shared by the district court, which ruled in favour of the prosecutor and fined the defendants.