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Manchester, UK - Jewish Woman Not Able To Work Shabbos Granted Court Settlement After Losing Job Offer

Published on: May 29, 2015 12:42 PM
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FILE - A Jewish Family lights Shabbos candles in their home in Budapest November 30, 2012.REUTERSFILE - A Jewish Family lights Shabbos candles in their home in Budapest November 30, 2012.REUTERS

Manchester, UK - A Jewish woman who was turned down for a job allegedly based on religious reasons won a $24,000 settlement in court by employment tribunal judges.

Aurelie Fhima, 23, was awarded the settlement for loss of earnings, injury to feelings and fees, reports the Daily Mail (http://dailym.ai/1SGJ3Gf).

Fhima says she interviewed at travel agency Travel Jigsaw, but her application was rejected when she told them she observes
Shabbat and could not work Saturdays.

Travel Jigsaw sent Fhima a letter stating that they could not offer her a position at that time and were looking for people who were flexible enough to work Saturdays.

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Fhima says she asked the firm to review its decision, and offered to work Sundays instead, or work 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday evenings after Shabbat ends, but the firm would not reconsider.

During court proceedings, Travel Jigsaw stated Fhima lied about being able to work Saturdays during a phone interview and confessed to lying during the in-person interview. Fhima denies those allegations.



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 May 29, 2015 at 02:29 PM ydeneydene Says:

Is she happy now?

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 May 29, 2015 at 03:07 PM anonymous23 Says:

Thanks Fhima for ruining it for everyone, don't hire orthodox jews, end of story.

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 May 29, 2015 at 03:37 PM Anominous Says:

But travel agency does need people to work at those times...I think I disagree with this lawsuit. Let her work in a place where the work can be done at other times...

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 May 29, 2015 at 04:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Even if you don't ask me, I think its quite considerate of the woman and girls in the picture to cover their faces, so no news outlet needs to airbrush them blurry.

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 May 30, 2015 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

I feel the lawsuit was wrong, because she couldn't fulfill the job requirements, but it would be nice if someone commended her for sticking to her guns about working on Shabbos. I am surprised she won, though. They needed specific working hours, she couldn't do that, so she wasn't hired. Too bad.

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