NEVER HIRE A MUSLIM Reason #119: Muslim couple sues when not granted a 10-day vacation during Ramadan


A married Muslim couple claim they were victimised at work due to their religious beliefs after being “unfairly” refused holidays during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

UK Daily Mail (h/t parisclaims)  Donna Tunkara, 32, and husband Yassin, 31, say they suffered discrimination, harrassment, victimisation and constructive dismissal after bosses at the Portrack Lane warehouse in Stockton-on-Tees of supermarket giant Morrisons turned down holiday requests in 2012.


A tribunal held at Teesside Magistrates’ Court yesterday heard evidence from Mrs Tunkara, who says her holiday request for the last 10 days of fasting during Ramadan was turned down unfairly. She added that the stress of working night shifts caused her to suffer a breakdown and be admitted to hospital.

However solicitor Philip Crowe, representing Morrisons, called Mrs Tunkara a ‘liar’ during cross examination and said that she had not got the holidays she asked for because she missed a deadline – meaning all holiday time was already taken.

He said: ‘You have not got exactly what you wanted and acted like a spoiled brat, and you have taken the easy way out to play the discrimination and race card, haven’t you? It is unfair.’ Mrs Tunkara rejected accusations that she had fabricated her story, and said, ‘No it was not the easy way out. ‘It was very difficult to deal with. We asked for the holidays because it was too difficult to work night shifts while fasting.” (You need to be on a permeant fast, fatso)


Mr Crowe had asked Mrs Tunkara why the couple, from Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, had not put in their holiday requests by the end of February, the company deadline for summer requests. He also challenged her over discrepancies in the dates she claimed to have had meetings with managers.

Mrs Tunkara said she had come to a compromise to work shorter, seven-hour shifts, and split her 30-minute breaks in two but the cumulative stress of working while fasting had led to her breakdown. She also said she and Mr Tunkara had been denied informal 15 minute breaks other staff enjoyed on night shifts, and that her request for holidays had been treated differently to requests from other members of staff.

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