Muslim convert wins tribunal case

A Muslim woman who said she was “humiliated” by her boss’s remarks about her decision to convert to Islam has won an employment tribunal case.

Caroline Elgedawy, 32, from Harrietsham in Kent, worked for Lincoln insurance firm Hanover Park Commercial. She took the firm’s chief executive Andy Halstead to the tribunal after he said her refusal to eat non-halal meat was “pathetic”.

After a four-day hearing, the tribunal agreed she had suffered discrimination. Tribunal chairman Martin Warren said: “Mr Halstead has a propensity to make remarks that some may find offensive.” He said the company had discriminated against Mrs Elgedawy by not fully investigating her complaint in a “timely manner”.

BBC News, 16 November 2006