Controversial Cally Road court case

Wedge_party There is an controversial legal battle being fought locally between the Wedge hair salon on the Cally (at 177 between the canal and Copenhagen Street) and a job applicant story here:

‘The owner of an "alternative" London hair salon is being sued for religious discrimination after refusing to give a job to a Muslim woman who wanted to wear a headscarf at work.’

‘Sarah Desrosiers, whose Wedge salon specialises in "urban funky" cuts, says she turned down applicant Bushra Noah because she was "selling image" and needed her staff to display their hairstyles to the public.

"I sell image – it’s very important – and I would expect a hair stylist to display her hair because I need people to be drawn in off the street," said Ms Desrosiers. "It’s the nature and style of my salon that brings people in and someone having their hair covered conflicts with that. If someone came in wearing a baseball hat or a cowboy hat I’d tell them to take it off while they’re working. To me, it’s absolutely basic that people should be able to see the stylist’s hair."

Ms Noah said today she had attended a total of 25 interviews for hairdressing jobs without success and had decided to take legal action because she had been upset by Ms Desrosiers’ comments. She said: "I decided to sue this hairdresser because she upset me the most. I felt so down and got so depressed, I thought if I am not going to defend myself, who is?

"When I spoke to her on the phone she offered me a trial day. But when I turned up she looked at me in shock. She asked if I wore the headscarf all the time. She kept repeating, ‘I wish you told me over the phone’. ‘

I am strongly opposed to discrimination.  But It used to be the case, though may have changed that in law a say French restaurant could specify French speaking staff as it is fundamental to their image and offer.  Where ever you come down on this though you have to treat people sensitively and respect their religious views.

Wedge tries really hard on a bit of the Cally that desperately needs modern businesses, let’s hope this gets resolved either way without driving them out of business.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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3 Responses to Controversial Cally Road court case

  1. Khalil Karoosi says:

    I am a Salafee (sect) Muslim Londoner and have a substantial beard.

    I would not expect to be offered a job by a company that produces and/or promotes shaving products, and would certainly not be offended if refused such a job on the grounds that I have a beard.

    I empathise with Sarah Des Rosiers. I fully understand her reasoning and agree with her decision, not that she needs my agreement or even opinion anyway.

    I hope the claimant suing her loses her baseless “case”.

    • Khalil Karoosi says:

      Wedge salon closed down a while ago now.

      As such, I request tat my comment, above, is removed.

      Thank you

      Khalil Karoosi

  2. Lisa Marks says:

    This is ridiculous, where can we start a petition to stop this, it is wrong for anybody with a covered head to work in a hairdressers, it is not done, you would not go to a beautician who had really bad skin to have a facial which is supposed to work, I don’t agree with this and think the Muslim girl is completely wrong and should either work or open her own muslim hairdressers or change her career. This is an outrage and must not go on. It is someone just trying to get money out of an innocent party, whatever next

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