Religious dress row set to resume?

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According to press reports, Aishah Azmi, the woman at the centre of last year’s religious dress row, has filed papers with the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Ms Azmi was sacked from her job as a classroom assistant by Kirklees Council after insisting on wearing the niqab – the veil which covers the face leaving just a slit for the eyes.

The employment tribunal dismissed the claim of religious discrimination but did award Ms Azmi £1,000 for victimisation during the handling of her case.

The case sparked a public debate with the prime minister, ministers and other politicians chipping in. Although the tribunal had reached its decision before the debate gathered force, it made the unusual step of inserting a paragraph into its judgment rebuking ministers for commenting on a case that was sub judice.

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