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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nigerian christian Woman Sues UK Hospital Over Order To Wear Trousers at work

A Nigerian woman is suing Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals in England for making her wear trousers rather than a dress in the operating theatre. Hannah Adewole, a devout Christian claims wearing trousers is forbidden in the Bible, she is using the command that women should not wear men’s clothing as her reason.
The 45-year-old says she was banned from wearing scrub dresses in theatre but Muslim midwives are allowed to vary official uniform policy with their own hijabs and tops.
Speaking at a tribunal, she said: “A Muslim midwife would not have been treated in such a disrespectful manner. Reading the Bible has always given me strength. I believe that the Bible is truth and that its words should be followed wholeheartedly.”
Mrs Adewole is suing Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust for religious discrimination and harassment. As a worker at City University London, Mrs Adewole was ordered to wear trousers to prevent infection. When she refused, she was transferred from the labour ward to post-natal care.
The Trust, which has now given her two dresses, claims that theatre uniform was never discussed when they interviewed her. The tribunal case continues and if she wins she could be in for a big compensation payment.

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