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Mohmed v West Coast Trains Ltd - Religious discrimination and the burden of proof [2006] EAT

Mr Mohmed, a Sikh, refused to tidy his beard. Another Sikh employee did keep his beard tidy. Mr Mohmed was dismissed, the employer said because of his lack of enthusiasm and he said because of his beard and appearance. He appealed to the EAT against the Employment Tribunal's rejection of his resulting claim of direct discrimination on the grounds of his religion or belief by way of dismissal. The EAT has dismissed his appeal. The beard issue related to tidiness only, not religion. The employer had no objection to beards or to Sikhs with beards.

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