A former Virgin Trains worker has lost his £20,000 racial and religious discrimination claim. In what is thought to be the first case to reach the tribunal under the new religious discrimination legislation, Mr Mohmed was dismissed following his refusal to trim his beard shorter than a length of four inches. He was also criticised for refusing to serve alcoholic drinks, claiming both acts to be contrary to his religious beliefs. Virgin maintained that Mr Mohmed was dismissed during his probationary period for a "general lack of enthusiasm".

Although Mr Mohmed's claims of racial and religious discrimination were rejected by the tribunal, the case serves as a warning to employers who were not previously aware of the potential pitfalls of the new legislation.

 

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