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Denmark stops contributions to women who prefer burqa or niqab over job

Denmark sends a clear message to Muslim women: If you refuse to take a job where you can not wear the burqa or the niqab, social benefits end.

The Danish Government refers to the ECJ ruling of March 14, about its ruling on banning the hijab at the workplace.

Now Muslim women can no longer refuse to take a job in Denmark, with reference to religion. If the job requires that they do not wear the niqab or similar garment, there will be financial consequences if they refuse.

– In that case, the person must be sanctioned. The penalty would then be a reduction or termination of benefits for a period. Religious, cultural or moral considerations are generally not reasonable grounds to be excused from the availability requirements, says Minister for Employment Troels Lund Poulsen (pictured).

Two major Danish municipalities have already punished women financially because they would not take jobs, referring to the Islamic dress, writes Korte Avis.

Troels Lund Poulsen will now send a letter to all the country’s mayors about the new guidelines.

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