Nursing homes will not revoke the headscarf ban

Women with hijabWomen with hijab.Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix

The Discrimination Ombud believes that Blidensol nursing home in Stavanger is breaking the law by denying employees the opportunity to wear the hijab at work.

The Ombudsman has considered the nursing home board’s decision to deny their employees the right to wear religious or political garments at work.
The conclusion is that the decision is contrary to unlawful discrimination based on ethnicity, religion and belief. The Board at Blidensol will not change their decision.
– The Board has recently received the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud’s assessment of the nursing home’s decisions concerning their general and neutral uniform. The board will now look to the right of appeal and the appeal deadline that is given us, writes deputy chairman of the Board of Management at Blidensol, Kirsten Smedvig, in an email to NRK.
LDO is an advisory, and not a legislative authority. Decisions may be appealed before the Equality Tribunal, which can provide the case new consideration.
Stavanger, whom Blidensol has an agreement with, has criticized the privately run nursing home for the ban and said that they expect the nursing home will adapt if their decision turns out to be unlawful.
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