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

Published on: May 29th, 2015 at 12:43 PM

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 (

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.

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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