Ana Saida Rodríguez, who was suspended by Acciona.

13-02-2017

Ana Saida Rodríguez, the Acciona employee at Palma airport who was suspended from work for disobeying a company order instructing her not to wear a hijab veil, has won her case of appeal against the company.

A court in Palma yesterday ruled that she can wear the veil while at work. Acciona was ordered to pay her compensation of 7,892 euros and to suspend the sanctions it had imposed. Acciona has the right to appeal the ruling at the Balearic High Court.

The judgement stated that someone's freedom to express religion cannot be subject to any restrictions other than those provided for by law. Acciona maintained that this wasn't a case of discrimination on religious grounds but was to do with the application of the company dress code.

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Anna / Hace 6 months

So essentially what you are saying is that because you believe people in Islamic countries to be non tolerant of people from other religions (I wonder how many of you have actually set a foot in an Islamic country or establishment to actually know this to be true), you are non tolerant to Muslims? Can you not see how insanely ridiculous this is?

I challenge you to actually learn something about this religion that you fear so much. Read something that does not come from newspapers who agree with your beliefs and be critical of your sources. Look at all the facts you get about Islam from all angles, then make your own decision.

It should be said that personally I am an atheist, actually all displays of religion “offend” me equally, so I choose to not look at them. I don’t hate them and I’m not scared of them. Although in all honesty a man nailed to a cross is slightly scarier than a woman covering her hair. However I can still recognise the beauty of believing in something and want for people who do, to be able to express this.

As for the comment on taxes and immigrants, I truly hope you get to walk a mile in an immigrants shoes to experience all the abundance and wonderful things they get to experience.

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john Lee / Hace 6 months

Spain is a christian country, whoever lives in Spain should except that. If a member of the police decided to become a sheik, would it be ok to wear a turban? There have been cases in the UK where people are not allowed to wear a crucifix in case it offends people of a different religion. My answer to that is you are a guest in our country, your rights are what we give you, of course you have an alternative. If she refuses to wear company dress, she should look for alternative employment

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Richard Pearson / Hace 6 months

Anna,

I would also like to draw attention to your comment about the people expressing their opinions, (presumably their human right ?), which you seem so worried about, being "non native" to Spain.

I would imagine that most, if not all, of these correspondents came here on their own free will, pay any taxes that are demanded of them, and hardly use the social services, education services, subsidised social rents or any other of the multitude of benefits that are available to, and used by, inmigrants i.e. non natives, that are flooding into Spain and Western Europe, legally AND illegally.

And as for narrow mindedness, I don´t think you could beat an islamic iman in a male dominated moslem country. It continously surprises me that a lot of females keep on justifying their actions and treatment of women like you.

Just keep your fingers crossed that it will remain so, here, where you live. If it doesn´t, you won´t be in a position to choose, or demonstrate, your religious beliefs.

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Richard Pearson / Hace 6 months

Anna, I note that you consider everyone else´s opinion to be a whinge, but funnily enough, not yours, so you are obviuosly not a believer in free speech, unless the opinons expressed are the same as yours. As far as many people are concerned, religious beliefs are best kept private and followed in the privacy of your home or place of worship, not at your workplace or in general view of the public. I must presume though that you would not be worried or off put if, in the future, she decided to express her even stronger religious beliefs by starting to wear a Niqab ?. Lastly, I doubt if many Christians, let alone Jews, could "express" their religious beliefs in Moslem countries as Moslems are able, and insist in being able to do in Christian ones.

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Anna / Hace 6 months

Considering most of the people commenting on this thread are not native to this country, it is absolutely appalling to read how narrow minded you are. You should be ashamed of yourselves!

This case is about the right of a woman to express herself and her religious belief, not about imposing Islam onto anyone. It is a human right. Wearing a religious symbol is not radicalisation. Don't be ridiculous.

Majorca Bulletin, why are you even allowing comments on articles like these? I'm really disappointed in how you're slowly developing into a forum for miserable expats who whinge about everything.

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Tom / Hace 6 months

Start of radicalisation what is she going to be talked into next ??? I feel sorry for the family's who have to pick up the pieces in more ways than one !

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Richard Pearson / Hace 6 months

It should be pointed out that this lady is spanish born and bred, and was a Christian when she joined the company in 2007. During the following years she converted to Islam and then decided, many say due to her Moslem husbands insistence, to start wearing the Hijab. In other words, there was little the company could do when approving her for the job. Their only real answer would be to sack her, therefore putting off other people having the same idea.

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Mina / Hace 6 months

Be careful. What you say today.. Someone is always watching. We really can't be honest today with our feelings anymore we need to be politically correct and not hurt anyone's feelings. Bull

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Phil / Hace 6 months

Cmon guys, if she's wearing the clothes in the picture, that is not offensive. Unfortunately for other muslims, her actions will only mean than companies like Acciona will think twice about hiring muslims due to this case and its profile. Ultimately Ana may have won this one but made life more difficult going forward for muslims.

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Steve Riches / Hace 6 months

Frank (below) - of course you are correct to worry about extremism leading to terrorism in whatever religion or political belief but the issue here is whether her religious head-gear was a threat to the public or whether it affected her ability to do her job. Clearly it did not. I believe there are times when full face cover prevents eye contact and facial expression when it's an essential and expected part of what the general public expect - but as far as I'm aware her face was visible. I know a lot of Muslims who are peaceful caring people and you cannot condemn a whole group in one fell swoop. Incidentally, Indira Gandhi was killed by her own Seikh guards so that was an act of terrorism against a democratically elected leader. Judge people as they are not in some general way.

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