Oslo Municipality reprimanded for having asked jobseeker not wear the hijab

Woman with hijabWoman with hijab.Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix

A 21 year old woman was offered a job as a nursing assistant in the Ullern area of Oslo, but only if she was willing to work without a hijab.  A breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act, believes Equality and Discrimination Ombudsman.

The woman applied for the position in the home in January, but the user did not want them to hire  an assistant who wore a hijab, a desire which the municipality complied with.

After the job interview the woman received a text message from one of the employees of the district who offered the woman position if she was willing to work without wearing a hijab, NRK news reports.

The Equality and Discrimination Ombudsman has received 45 complaints about  discrimination on  a religious basis so far this year, and has concluded that discrimination law has been violated in this case.

– We are willing to go to considerable lengths to meet the needs of our users, but this time, we have gone too far, says director of the borough Ullern, Marie Anbjørg Joten, says to the  channel. She says they have zero tolerance for discrimination.

Things got bad for the job applicant after she didn’t get that position. She lost the motivation to seek other jobs and says that it affected her mental health.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today