FRENCH HOSPITAL rejects doctor trainee because of his beard that is Muslim

A Paris hospital decision to reject an Egyptian Muslim doctor because of his beard was backed by means of a court, which agreed that patients might have viewed this as a frightening spiritual symbol.   Public hospitals, such as other state institutions, must stay implanted under France lawenforcement, and staff are banned from wearing obvious religious symbols such as Muslim supremacist headbags.

UK Telegraph  Nawel Gafsia, a lawyer acting for your doctor, called only as Mohamed A., claimed unsuccessfully that the 2-inch beard did not necessarily signify his religious practices. “My client might happen to be a hipster,” Ms Gafsia stated.

But the 35-year-old doctor himself “did not deny his bodily appearance was anticipated to indicate conspicuously a spiritual certainty,” based on a written judgement from the Versailles appeals court.
Back in October, hospital supervisors advised him to trim his beard “so it could not be viewed by staff and users of the public service as an obvious indication of an Islamic religious association incompatible with the principles of secularity and neutrality of this public service,” according to court records.
They replicated the request two weeks later and terminated his training class in February after he failed to comply. Ms Gafsia, that had been requested to take the situation by a Muslim anti-discrimination team, the Collective Against Islamophobia in France.
“It had been the personal judgement of the director of Saint-Louis Hospital that presented a problem,” she explained, adding that her client would pay an appeal with France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State.

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