Tuesday 22 August 2017

Piers Morgan and Saira Khan argue on Good Morning Britain

By Sherna Noah

The pair got heated over a court’s decision to allow employers to ban workers from wearing headscarves.

Piers Morgan and Saira Khan have clashed on Good Morning Britain over a court’s decision to allow employers to ban workers from wearing headscarves.

The ITV show invited the Loose Women host on to the sofa to speak in support of the ruling, while journalist Hanna Yusuf argued against it.

Piers, 51, asked the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant: “How would you feel if I said to you, before you go on air, ‘I don’t like your jacket’?”

Saira, 46, replied: “This isn’t about you saying to me, it’s about a company. It’s not about feeling, this is about a ruling.”

As the debate got heated, Piers told Saira: “It’s not your show Saira. If you wouldn’t mind letting me finish my sentence?”

And he added: “What about women who are not Muslim who want to wear a headscarf?”

Saira said: “The rule still applies,” to which Piers replied: “It doesn’t” and Saira insisted: “It does.”

The court decision to allow employers to ban workers from wearing headscarves at work was criticised as “troubling” and a “backward step” by religious leaders.

The Muslim Council of Britain said it was “a sad day for justice and equality” as judges concluded that asking all employees to dress neutrally does not break religious discrimination rules.

The European Court of Justice ruled that prohibiting the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination.

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